Learn How To Claim For Kidney Injury Compensation Due To Medical Negligence

Kidney injuries such as kidney failure, traumatic injuries or cancer can have serious consequences. They could have a long-term impact on both your physical and psychological health.  In this guide, we explain how you could claim kidney injury compensation if you have been harmed due to medical negligence.

Our guide explains medical negligence and the standards you should expect healthcare professionals to adhere to. If a medical professional fails to comply with these standards, you could sustain harm that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

In these cases, you might have a valid claim for kidney damage. To help illustrate this, we look at examples of when a patient could suffer a kidney injury due to a negligent medical professional.

Additionally, we discuss the types of evidence that could support kidney injury compensation claims. We then look at how compensation may be awarded for successful medical negligence claims. To conclude, we look at how a No Win No Fee solicitor could help you make a claim.

If you suffered kidney injuries due to medical negligence, contact our team to find out how a solicitor from our expert panel could help you. A team member can discuss the medical negligence claims process and assess whether you have a good case. To speak to our advisory team about claiming if you suffered a kidney injury:

  • Call us today on 0161 696 9685 to discuss your case.
  • Request a call back from our team using our ‘contact us’ form.
  • Chat to us using the live-support pop-up on this page.

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Can You Claim Kidney Injury Compensation?

Whether you are being treated by a GP or at a hospital, medical professionals owe patients a duty of care. All medical care should meet the minimum professional standard. Medical negligence could lead to an existing illness or injury becoming worse or could cause a new injury. You could make a claim for kidney injury compensation against a healthcare professional or provider if you can prove that your injuries were caused by them being negligent.

In order to make a medical negligence claim for kidney damage, you will need to show that:

    • You were owed a duty of care by a medical professional.
    • That the medical professional failed to meet professional standards. For example, a GP failed to notice the clear cancer symptoms, even though they would have been expected to identify them.
    • This breach of duty led to you suffering harm that could have been avoided had the right standard of care been met. For example, due to the GP failing to recognise clear symptoms, you were not referred to a specialist until much later in your condition. So far in that the condition has greatly unnecessarily worsened.

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How Could A Kidney Injury Be Caused By Medical Negligence?

Below we have included several examples of medical negligence which could lead to kidney damage. These include:

  • Misdiagnosis of a kidney condition such as kidney cancer or kidney stones. If a medical professional failed to diagnose your illness where it is expected that they should have done so, you could be able to claim compensation for any harm caused.
  • The doctor provided you with antibiotics but failed to check your medical history, which would have shown you have issues with your kidneys. The antibiotics they provided were known to cause acute kidney injury for which you suffered.
  • Due to an administration error, a patient’s diagnosis and treatment were delayed. For time-bound conditions (such as kidney cancer), this could lead to the illness spreading to other organs or parts of the body. This could result in the kidneys being removed and other more invasive treatments being required.
  • Medical scans are misread or mislabelled. This could mean the wrong diagnosis or the wrong medication is provided. As a result of not being diagnosed and receiving the treatment needed, you go on to suffer from chronic kidney disease.

See if you could claim kidney injury compensation due to medical negligence by contacting an advisor today.

What Evidence Could Help You Make A Kidney Injury Claim?

As we have stated, in order to make a claim for kidney injury compensation, you will need to prove that medical negligence has taken place. Supporting evidence could include:

  • Your medical records. Copies of your medical records could help to prove that the medical professional failed to meet the level of care expected and show how you were harmed as a result of this.
  • Contact details of any witnesses so they can give a statement at a later date. This could include the details of other medical professionals present or of anyone who was with you during a (wrongful) diagnosis. Witnesses may have also seen how badly you have been impacted by negligent medical care.
  • Writing a diary of symptoms and treatment over time can help illustrate the overall impact on your physical and mental health as well as on other areas of your life.

A No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could help you to gather evidence which could support your kidney injury compensation claim. Speak to an advisor today to find out more.

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How Much Kidney Injury Compensation Could You Receive Due To Medical Negligence?

Successful kidney injury claims are awarded compensation. How much compensation you will be entitled to depends on factors such as the injury you suffered and how seriously this has impacted you. Your settlement could even take the wider financial impact of your injury into account.

Compensation for pain and suffering is awarded under general damages. The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be used by solicitors and other legal professionals to help decide how much compensation can be claimed for different injuries. This part of a kidney injury claim may be valued by referring to the JCG.

The table provides figures taken from the JCG. The figure in the first row is not from the JCG, but illustrates what may be awarded for general damages and financial losses (special damages). Due to the differences between medical negligence claims, the table is only intended for guidance.

Multiple injuries and financial lossesSerious to severeUp to £500,000+Compensation awarded for multiple serious or severe injuries and financial losses.
Kidney injury(a) Serious, permanent damage£206,730 to £256,780To both kidneys.
Kidney injury(b) Significant Up to £78,080There is a significant risk of a urinary tract infection in the future or loss of kidney function.
Kidney injury(c) Loss£37,550 to £54,760One kidney has been lost, but the other has not been damaged.
Bowel injury(a) Double incontinenceUp to £224,790Complete loss of bowel/ urinary function with other complications.
Bowel injury(b) Function lossUp to £183,190Total loss of (natural) bowel function. A colostomy is required.
Bladder injury(b) Function lossUp to £171,680Complete loss of bladder function and bladder control.
Bladder injury(c) Serious£78,080 to £97,540Seriously impaired bladder control with incontinence and pain.
Spleen injury(a) Loss£25,380 to £32,090Loss of the spleen. Internal disorders and infections are a continual risk.
Spleen injury(b) Minimal£5,310 to £10,550The risks above are either not present or are minimal.

In addition to general damages, you may also be entitled to claim special damages. You could be compensated for both past and future financial losses directly incurred as a result of the kidney damage.

Examples of different costs or losses that may be included as part of your kidney injury compensation:

  • Loss of earnings. This could include lost earnings, lost pension contributions, and overtime entitlement. You will need evidence such as bank statements and wage or salary details.
  • The cost of home care, medication, or medical expenses. You will need evidence such as invoices or receipts.
  • Home renovations and vehicle adaptations. In some cases, the cost of renovating your home or adapting a vehicle could be reclaimed. You will need to supply evidence as to why the renovations were necessary and provide invoices to show costs.

How Long To Make Kidney Injury Claims?

You will need to begin your kidney injury claim within the applicable time limit.  For clinical negligence, this is generally three years from the date you sustained kidney damage or three years from the date that you realised, or would have been expected to realise, that you suffered medical negligence. There are some exceptions to this.

Find out more about kidney injury compensation and what time limit could apply to your claim by contacting one of our advisors.

Why Claim For Medical Negligence Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

If you are eligible to make a medical negligence claim for kidney injury compensation, you may wish to do so with the support of a solicitor. A solicitor from our panel could work with you through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). These agreements are a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.

By using a CFA to provide their legal services, a solicitor from our panel:

  • Won’t charge upfront fees for their work.
  • Don’t take ongoing payments during the claims process.
  • Also won’t ask for a payment for their services if your claim for kidney damage fails.
  • Only have a success fee deducted from your awarded compensation if the claim succeeds. Success fees are a legally capped percentage of your compensation.

Talk to an advisor from our team today to find out more about kidney injury claims. Additionally, if your claim meets the eligibility, you could be connected to a solicitor from our panel. Contact us via:

  • Calling a member of our team on 0161 696 9685.
  • Use the live-support pop-up.
  • Ask us to call you back by filling in our ‘contact us’ form.

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Learn More About Claiming For Medical Negligence

The guides below provide further information on when and how you could claim for medical negligence.

  • This guide provides more information on the circumstances which are classed as medical negligence, which you could claim for.
  • Information on how to claim for an operation gone wrong for various types of surgery.
  • The most serious instances of medical negligence could lead to a wrongful death. Learn about how to claim if a loved one died due to negligent medical care.

These resources can provide information on care in the NHS and dealing with kidney disease:

  • The NHS Constitution for England provides information on the duty of care healthcare professionals working in the NHS have towards patients.
  • In this resource from Great Ormond Street Hospital you can learn more about kidney failure and how it may be treated.
  • This NHS guide on Kidney stones provides an overview of the condition.

Thank you for reading our guide to kidney injury compensation. Please contact our team if you have any further questions.