Denver Kidney Damage Lawyers
Kidneys filter out toxins and wastes from your body’s bloodstream and are instrumental in preventing serious illnesses. When a doctor diagnoses a patient, he must pay careful attention to how any treatment could impact the kidneys’ functions. Giving the wrong medication, misreading medical charts, failing to diagnose, and failing to monitor a patient’s condition can all result in damage to the kidneys.
If you or someone you love suffered kidney damage while under medical care, contact a Denver medical malpractice lawyer immediately. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our legal team has more than 40 years of experience investigating medical negligence and advocating for injured patients. There is no charge for an initial consultation, so you should not hesitate to call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906.
For one, failing to diagnose a kidney disease is a major cause of kidney failure among patients. Those suffering from chronic kidney diseases may experience anemia, high blood pressure, high potassium levels, and a weakened immune response. This should be identified and treated immediately, as it can lead to kidney failure, a life-threatening condition. If a doctor misses the signs of kidney disease, such as protein in the urine, fluid retention, or blood in urine; or misdiagnoses it as another condition, the patient may not receive treatment in time and suffer further injuries.
Other forms of medical malpractice that can cause kidney damage include:
- Medication errors and pharmaceutical errors, such as providing a patient with the wrong medication or giving too high of a dosage
- Failing to treat high blood pressure
- Making improper use of contrast dyes during medical tests
When reviewing a patient for kidney damage, doctors should pay attention to the following symptoms:
- Blood in the urine
- Excess protein in the urine
- Swelling of the legs, ankles, or hands
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Loss of appetite
A doctor should review every symptom, consult a patient’s medical history, and order the relevant tests to develop a plan for treatment. If a doctor ignored these symptoms, tests were performed incorrectly, a patient was given the wrong treatment, or another form of medical negligence occurred, the patient is very likely to suffer further trauma, including kidney failure.
Whether it is a doctor, nurse, or other hospital employee, failing to deliver the standard of care is unacceptable, and anyone who allows a patient to suffer unnecessary trauma must be held accountable. The physical, emotional, and financial costs of kidney damage are severe. You may be left on dialysis until you can receive a kidney transplant, if ever.
If you suffered an injury due to medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation in a medical malpractice claim. Your attorney must prove that:
- A medical professional owed you a duty of care;
- The medical professional failed to follow the standards of care when treating your condition;
- That failure resulted in kidney damage or kidney failure; and
- You suffered damages due to the medical professional’s negligence.
Victims of medical malpractice deserve full compensation for their injuries, losses, and trauma. If a doctor was negligent and allowed you to suffer kidney damage, reach out to the Denver medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. Our dedicated trial attorneys can investigate your case and advocate on your behalf. We have more than 40 years of experience and in-depth knowledge surrounding medical malpractice in the United States. Call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906 for a no-cost initial consultation today.
- The Danger of Medication Errors Leading to Kidney Failure
- Chronic Kidney Disease - Mayo Clinic
- Kidney Failure - MedlinePlus