In this guide, we look at the circumstances in which you could claim kidney injury compensation.
Unfortunately, many different types of mishaps can cause kidney injuries and kidney damage. People can suffer kidney injuries because of an accident that was not their fault. Similarly, exposure to hazardous chemicals can cause damage to the kidneys. Or a medical practitioner can damage a patient’s kidneys whether due to medical negligence or not.
You may be eligible to claim kidney injury compensation if you experienced a kidney injury as the result of an accident that was not your fault or medical negligence.
We could help you find out if you could make a kidney injury claim. Our advisors give free legal advice. What’s more, they could connect you with our lawyers to handle your case. The lawyers would negotiate with the defendant to make sure you receive the right amount of compensation.
Can You Claim Compensation For A Kidney Injury?
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- A Guide On How Much Kidney Injury Compensation Claims Are Worth
- What Are Kidney Injuries?
- What Could Cause A Kidney Injury Or Disease?
- Signs Of A Kidney Injury
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Acute Kidney Injury Statistics
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- How Do Doctors Diagnose And Treat Kidney Injuries?
- How Much Are Kidney Compensation Claims Worth?
- Claim Kidney Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Why Choose Us To Handle Your Kidney Injury Compensation Claim?
- Talk To Our Team
- Read More About Kidney Injury Claims
- FAQs About Kidney Injury Compensation Claims
We have created this guide for people who wish to claim compensation for a kidney injury. Who could be liable for your injuries if you have experienced kidney injuries because of an accident that was not your fault? The party that was responsible for the accident could be liable for your injuries.
For example, your employer owes you a duty of care. Therefore, if poor health and safety standards at work cause you to have an accident, your employer would be liable for the resulting injuries.
In this kidney injury claims guide, we will look at how kidney injury accidents can happen. We will also look at different types of kidney injuries. And we will explain how the process of claiming compensation for a kidney injury works. To see if you can begin your kidney injury compensation claim, please do get in contact with us today.
A kidney injury is any injury that damages the kidney. Kidney injuries can include Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). You may be eligible to claim kidney injury compensation if you have experienced a kidney injury that was not your fault.
The kidneys are a pair of vital organs that are located in the abdomen.
What is the function of the kidneys?
The kidneys function to remove unwanted waste and excess water from the blood. The kidneys also process chemicals in the body, including calcium, sodium and potassium.
Another function of the kidneys is to make hormones in the body. These hormones regulate your blood pressure. Moreover, the hormones make red blood cells by stimulating your bone marrow. Therefore, a patient could experience serious harm or die if their kidney can no longer function normally.
Different factors could lead to a kidney injury. We will look at the causes of a kidney injury in more depth below.
Exposure To Hazardous Chemicals
Exposure to hazardous chemicals over a long period can damage the kidneys. If hazardous chemicals enter the bloodstream, they can pass through the kidneys. Metals and chemicals in the bloodstream can cause severe injuries to the kidneys. Other types of chemicals can cause cancer or kidney failure.
Could you claim if you were exposed to a hazardous substance?
Employers are responsible for protecting employees from unreasonable exposure to hazardous chemicals. So, you may be eligible to claim compensation for kidney damage caused by exposure to a harmful substance at work if your employer didn’t take the appropriate precautions.
A blunt force trauma or a penetrating trauma can cause a kidney injury. A blunt force trauma is a blow or impact to the body. Penetrating trauma is when an object pierces the skin, stabs or impales the body.
Medical negligence is when a patient receives substandard medical care. As a result, the patient is injured, or their pre-existing medical condition is made worse.
For example, a doctor may misdiagnose kidney disease, despite clear symptoms, which means the condition goes untreated. Consequently, the patient experiences kidney failure. Therefore the patient may suffer the loss of a kidney due to medical negligence.
You may be eligible to claim compensation for a kidney injury under the following circumstances:
- First of all, another party owed you a duty of care.
- And the other party breached this duty, causing an accident or incident.
- And finally, this was a direct cause of your kidney injury.
We will now look at acute kidney injury symptoms:
Acute Kidney Injury Symptoms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Needing to urinate less
- Drowsiness and confusion.
AKI can also reduce the effectiveness of drugs that you take for an existing condition. If you experience any acute kidney injury symptoms, please go to the doctor immediately.
We will now look at what acute kidney injury (AKI) is in more detail. Acute kidney injury is a loss of kidney function. Acute kidney injury can happen very quickly.
The kidneys may lose part of their function, or complete kidney failure may happen. The patient may lose one or both kidneys if AKI is not detected and treated early. Consequently, the patient may become dependant on a dialysis machine, or they may die.
Causes And Risk Factors
Acute Kidney Injury usually happens as a result of another illness. Patients who have AKI are normally older people.
People who meet the following criteria may be more at risk of developing AKI:
- People aged 65 or over
- Individuals with long term medical conditions such as heart failure, diabetes or liver disease
- People who have a blockage in their urinary tract or are vulnerable to having one
- Patients suffering from a severe infection such as sepsis
- Severely dehydrated people
- Patients that already suffer from the kidney condition glomerulonephritis, which can lead to AKI
Who Is Liable For Acute Kidney Injuries?
If blood flow to the kidneys is restricted, this can cause acute kidney injury. This can be caused by trauma to the kidney, after an accident that wasn’t your fault for example. In this instance, the person who owed you a duty of care and caused the injury could be liable.
If a doctor makes a negligent medical error, this could also lead to acute kidney injury. For example, if a doctor negligently misdiagnoses AKI, the patient’s condition may worsen unnecessarily. Therefore an error by a doctor can result in the loss of a kidney due to medical negligence. In this case, the healthcare provider that treated the patient may be liable for their injuries.
Please contact Accident Claims UK if you wish to make an acute kidney injury claim for compensation.
These statistics about kidney injuries make for some sobering reading:
- There are up to 100,000 deaths relating to acute kidney injury per year in UK hospitals.
- Up to 30% of acute kidney injury-related deaths could have been prevented.
- And it is estimated that one-in-five in patients admitted to the hospital as an emergency are suffering from acute kidney injury.
- And 65% of AKI starts in the community.
- What’s more, when asked, just one in two people know that the kidneys are responsible for making urine.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an illness that slowly causes a gradual loss of kidney function over time. During the early stages of CKD, a patient may not show symptoms, except for blood in their urine.
What Could Cause CKD?
The following illnesses can lead to renal failure (kidney failure):
- Interstitial nephritis – an inflammation or swelling of the tubules. The tubules are very small tubes within the kidneys.
- Glomerulonephritis – the kidney’s filtering units become swollen or inflamed. Glomerulonephritis can happen as a result of other illnesses, such as strep throat.
- Polycystic kidney disease – is a disease where cysts develop on the kidney. Consequently, the cysts prevent the kidneys from filtering blood properly.
- Pyelonephritis – is a bacterial infection of the kidneys, which leads to the kidneys becoming inflamed.
- Vesicoureteral reflux – the urine flows back up into the kidneys.
- Some cancers, kidney stones or an enlarged prostate can obstruct the urinary tract. Over time this can lead to chronic kidney disease.
One early sign of chronic kidney disease can be blood in the patient’s urine. The patient will need a test to see if this is a sign of chronic kidney disease or another medical problem.
Later symptoms of chronic kidney disease:
- Becoming short of breath
- Blood in the patient’s urine
- Difficulty trying to sleep
- Swelling in the hands, ankles, feet or all three
Please seek medical advice if you believe you have CKD.
What Are The Stages Of CKD?
Chronic kidney disease can reduce a person’s eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate). A patient’s eGFR should be above 90ml/min if their kidney is working normally. The patient’s eGFR drops as their chronic kidney disease become worse.
- CKD Stage 1 (G1): The patient’s eGFR is above 90ml. However, signs of kidney damage are detected.
- CKD Stage 2 (G2): The patient’s eGFR is 60-89ml, and tests indicate the kidneys have been damaged.
- CKD Stage 3a (G3a): The patient’s eGFR is 45-59ml.
- CKD Stage 3b (G3b): The patient’s eGFR is 30-44ml.
- CKD Stage 4 (G4): The patient’s eGFR is 15-29ml.
- CKD Stage 5 (G5): The patient’s eGFR has fallen below 15ml. What’s more, the patient has lost almost all of their kidney function.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is usually diagnosed with a blood test. If patients have high levels of creatinine in their blood, they may have AKI. The doctor may also take a urine sample. And the doctor may carry out an ultrasound to see if the patient’s urinary tract is blocked.
The following methods can be used to treat acute kidney injury:
- If the patient has a urinary tract blockage, the doctors insert a urinary catheter to drain the blockage.
- The patient is temporarily or permanently taken off certain medication.
- Doctors prescribe antibiotics if there is a kidney infection.
- The patient is given water and other fluids to reduce their dehydration.
Doctors can diagnose chronic kidney disease (CKD) using blood and urine tests. Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, but medical treatments can manage it.
In the early stages of CKD, doctors may recommend patients make changes to their diet and lifestyle. Doctors may also prescribe medication to treat problems that are associated with chronic kidney disease. These medical problems include high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
When a patient reaches an advanced stage of chronic kidney disease, they may need dialysis treatment. Dialysis treatment replaces some of the functions the kidney has lost. Or the patient may be put forward for a kidney transplant. There is a waiting list to get a kidney transplant.
You can use the table below to estimate how much kidney injury compensation you could claim. The compensation amounts in this table are based on those in the Judicial College Guidelines. These guidelines contain injuries of varying severities with corresponding potential compensation amounts. Solicitors use the guidelines to help them when valuing injuries.
We have not included compensation amounts for special damages in this table.
|Type Of Kidney Injury||Possible Settlement||About Kidney Injuries|
|Kidney Injury (a)||£158,970 to £197,480||A serious and permanent injury to both of the victim's kidneys, or the loss of both kidneys.|
|Kidney Injury (b)||Up to £60,050||A kidney injury where the person also faces significant possible harm in the future such as a urinary tract infection. This category could also include injuries causing the loss of natural kidney function. The claimant could face substantial medical costs in the future. This may be taken into account.|
|Kidney Injury (c)||£28,880 to £42,110||Where the person has lost one of their kidneys but where the other kidney has no injury.|
Of course, the value of your kidney injury claim depends, in part, on your circumstances. If you call us, an advisor can estimate how much compensation you could claim.
What Else Could I Claim?
The first part of an injured kidney compensation payout would be general damages. General damages compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries.
In addition, you may also be eligible to claim special damages. Special damages are compensation that reimburses the claimant for any expenses or financial losses caused by their injuries.
Here are some examples of special damages you could claim:
- Loss of earnings/income
- Care expenses
- Travel expenses
- Medical expenses
If you have suffered a kidney injury after an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Our solicitors can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis.
With a No Win No Fee case, what do you pay if your claim is successful?
You would pay a success fee to the solicitor, which would be deducted from the compensation payout. The majority of the compensation payout will go to you.
Moreover, there is no upfront solicitor’s fee to pay, making funding the services of a solicitor more affordable.
What do you pay if your claim is not successful?
You will not pay any solicitor fees at all. That’s why many people prefer to make a No Win No Fee claim.
Our solicitors can help if you wish to make a kidney injury or acute kidney injury claim.
Why have claimants, just like you, trusted our solicitors to handle their compensation claim? Many claimants like that we offer them the option to have their case handled as a No Win No Fee claim.
Moreover, our solicitors have solid experience handling accident claims.
Contact Accident Claims UK to see if you can begin your kidney injury claim. You can speak with an advisor about claiming and get free legal advice. And we could connect you with our solicitors if we can see that you are owed kidney injury compensation and have a strong claim.
Our advisors are available 24/7 and you’ll be under no obligation to proceed with the services of our No Win No Fee solicitors. So why not reach out?
- Call our helpline on 0800 073 8801
- Or use the chat pop-up to speak to an advisor online
- Alternatively, contact us via our website
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- Misdiagnosis Claims Guide
- The NHS’s ‘Think Kidneys’ campaign
- Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: an NHS guide
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In this section, we answer commonly asked questions about personal injury compensation claims.
Could I claim if I was exposed to a hazardous substance?
Have you been exposed to a hazardous substance due to someone else’s negligence and it made you ill? Then you may be eligible to claim compensation from the responsible party.
Who could be liable for my injuries?
Another party may be responsible for your injuries if, firstly, they owed you a duty of care. If they broke that duty of care and it caused an accident or incident in which you were injured, they could be liable.
What do I pay if my claim is successful?
If you win a No Win No Fee claim, you would pay a success fee. The success fee is be deducted from your compensation payout only after it comes through. It’s also capped by law.
What do I pay if my claim is not successful?
If your No Win No Fee claim is not successful, you would not pay a success fee. In fact, you wouldn’t pay any solicitor fees.
Thank you for reading our guide to claiming kidney injury compensation.
Guide by HC
Edited by RV