Medical Malpractice: Kidney Disease

Did Medical Malpractice Worsen Your Kidney Disease?

Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Kidney Patients and Their Families in Florida and Across the Nation

Most cases of advanced kidney failure are preventable or delayable if properly diagnosed and treated. Failing to diagnose or treat kidney disease can lead to complete kidney failure and the need for a lifetime of prescription drugs, time-consuming kidney dialysis, and one or more kidney transplant operations. It usually results in the premature death of the patient.

While medical negligence typically does not cause kidney disease, kidney failure can result from a failure to diagnose kidney disease in its earliest stages, or a failure to treat kidney disease properly. In some cases, medical negligence involving a prescription drug error could cause acute renal failure.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Every medical professional has a duty to provide a "reasonable standard of care" to the patients they treat. This does not mean they must order every possible test and use every available technology on a fishing expedition. They must provide the level of competent medical care that other doctors would provide in similar circumstances.

  • They should order tests that are "reasonable" and standard under the circumstances.
  • They should review lab results in a timely manner.
  • They should consult a specialist on difficult cases.
  • If a specific illness is suspected, a general practitioner should refer a patient to a specialist who will be up to date on the latest medical knowledge in their field of specialization.

When medical professionals fail to provide a reasonable standard of care, they have been negligent. If that negligence results in harm to a patient, the patient can be compensated financially.

Proving Medical Negligence Caused Harm

People who have been harmed by medical negligence — including patients who are now experiencing kidney failure or who have advanced kidney disease — can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. They can seek compensation for lost wages and lost earning potential, medical costs, dialysis, medications, pain and suffering and other expenses.

If you suspect medical negligence led to a worsening of your medical condition, talk to an attorney about your suspicions. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can review your medical records with the assistance of a doctor, to see if medical malpractice may have played a role.

  • Learn more about how to get started with a review of your potential medical malpractice case.
  • To learn more about kidney diseases, see our resources page.

At the Miami law office of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., we help people who have suffered the effects of kidney disease because of the negligence of a doctor, clinic or other medical professional. To speak with a medical malpractice attorney at our firm, call our Miami law office at 786-401-4706 or contact us by e-mail.