Indianapolis Lawyers for Failure to Diagnose Kidney Failure
We rely on medical professionals to take care of us when we are ill. Their expertise can be the matter of life or death. When a physician or other medical professional makes an error by failing to diagnose a disease or injury, the result can be deadly. Failure to diagnose kidney failure in a patient is one type of Indiana medical malpractice claim that can be filed to help a victim and their family receive compensation for injury due to physician error.
The kidneys perform a vital function for the body. Every day the kidneys work hard to filter toxins and waste products from the blood. If a kidney stops functioning, these toxins begin to accumulate and eventually lead to seizures, coma, or even death. Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, can be classified as acute or chronic. Acute kidney failure is evidenced by a rapid, progressive loss of renal function, whereas chronic kidney failure is typically associated with a gradual decline in renal function.
There are several symptoms of acute and chronic kidney failure. A patient may experience nausea, blood in the urine, swelling in the legs, feet, or hands, abnormal heart rhythms, and excess protein in the blood or urine.
Once a diagnosis is made, the treatment options for renal failure are varied based on the progression of the disease. Dialysis is one treatment option that can be used. Dialysis is a medical procedure used to filter the toxins out of the blood when the kidneys are not functioning properly. Another treatment option for a patient experiencing renal failure is a kidney transplant. A single kidney can be transplanted into a kidney failure patient to alleviate the need for dialysis. A kidney can be donated from family members or anonymous donors as long as it is considered to be a close match to the genetics of the patient. The better the match, the less likely the body is to reject the transplanted kidney. Both forms of treatment, dialysis and kidney transplant surgery are very serious medical procedures that carry a certain level of risk for the patient.
Failure to Diagnose Kidney Failure Claim
Patient visited his doctor in Indianapolis, Indiana, with complaints and had protein in his urine for several months. His clinic doctors failed to react to the proteinuria, which is a sign of kidney malfunction or dysfunction, which was present. The patient’s kidneys failed which required him to undergo treatment of dialysis. He ultimately underwent a kidney transplant for the treatment of his kidney failure. Maximum settlement permitted by law obtained.
Alteration of Medical Records
It is not uncommon for medical records to be altered after the fact. Investigations by handwriting, document, and ink analysts may be necessary to prove such alterations.
Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical personnel are trained to recognize symptoms of various ailments so that a proper diagnosis can be given. When a diagnosis is delayed or not given, the results can have a devastating and permanent impact on the quality of life. If you or someone you care about were being treated by a physician who failed to diagnose kidney failure or another disease that caused you serious injury, contact us. Our experienced Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys can discuss your Indiana medical malpractice claim with you and inform you of your legal rights and options. We have litigated claims from patients in South Bend, Indianapolis, Evansville, Anderson, Muncie, Lafayette, Lake County and all across the state of Indiana.
There is no fee for your initial consultation and we do not collect fees until your claim is paid. Cohen & Malad, LLP has earned a well-respected reputation as a tough litigation firm in the courtroom and during negotiations and can bring Power to Your Voice.