In this guide, we’ll look at the process of claiming kidney injury compensation. If you’ve sustained a kidney injury, this could have an effect on your health and quality of life. If you were injured as a result of a breach of duty of care, you may be able to claim.
Our guide covers many aspects of this type of personal injury claim and aims to help you establish whether you have grounds to pursue compensation. Even a minor kidney injury could be debilitating and could prevent you from working until you recover. With the help of our panel of specialist solicitors, you could receive a fair and acceptable compensation payout for a kidney injury caused by negligence.
To find out more please get in touch with one of our experienced advisers. They can assess whether you have a valid case before connecting you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel of solicitors. You can reach a member of our team by calling 0800 408 7825. All calls are free of charge. If you prefer you can complete our online contact form.
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In order to claim compensation for a kidney injury, your circumstances need to meet the following conditions:
- A third party had a duty of care towards you
- They breached this duty
- You were injured as a result
The kidneys remove waste and additional fluid from your body. If they’re damaged, they may not be able to carry out this function.
There are a number of different ways your kidneys could be damaged as a result of negligence. This could happen as a result of an accident at work, an incident in a public place or a car accident. In addition to this, you could sustain a kidney injury or experience a worsening of your condition as a result of medical negligence.
To find out whether you have grounds to make a kidney injury compensation claim, please reach out to one of our advisers today. We offer free legal advice and can connect you to a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel of solicitors.
As previously touched upon, you can suffer a kidney injury for many reasons. We’ve included some of these below:
- Employer negligence. Your employer needs to take all reasonably practicable steps to stop you from being injured or made ill at work. This is part of their duty of care, which is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. For example, dehydration could cause kidney injury. If you aren’t provided with sufficient water, this could lead to your kidney function being affected.
- Blunt force trauma. This could happen as a result of a car accident, a slip, trip or fall or being struck by a moving or falling object. A traumatic blow to the kidneys could interfere with their function and cause you to become ill.
- Medical negligence. There are a number of different medical conditions that can cause kidney injury. For example, dehydration or diabetes could cause injury to your kidneys. If a medical professional deviated from the accepted standards of care and causes or exacerbates your health condition, you may be able to claim.
For more advice on claiming compensation for a kidney injury, please call a member of our team on our telephone number above. We can connect you to a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel once we know your claim is valid.
If you’ve experienced a kidney injury, this can either be acute or chronic. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) can happen as a result of dehydration, infection or certain medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is where kidney function is lost over time.
AKI symptoms can include:
- Feeling or being sick
- Less frequent urination
- Feeling drowsy
Early-stage CKD does not generally cause symptoms. Symptoms of late-stage CKD include:
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Water retention leading to swollen feet, ankles or hands
- Difficulty breathing
- Blood in your urine
- Itchy skin
- Muscle cramps
If you experience these symptoms, you should seek medical attention. It’s important that any kind of kidney injury is diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
If you have any questions or need advice on whether you have a valid case, please call an adviser today. All calls are free of charge and a member of our team can answer any questions you have.
If you have CKD, this often does not cause symptoms in the early stages of the disease. For this reason, it’s often only found when you have a blood or urine test for another health issue.
Your doctor might suspect you’re suffering from AKI if you’re at risk of developing the condition and you suddenly fall ill with symptoms of AKI. This can be diagnosed with a blood test. In addition to this, your doctor might perform tests to try and pinpoint the underlying cause of the condition.
The treatment used for AKI will depend on how severe your condition is, and what the underlying causes are. The following may be required:
- Increasing your fluid intake to prevent dehydration or if you are already dehydrated
- Prescribing antibiotics where there is an infection
- Stopping any medications until you recover
- Inserting a urinary catheter to drain the bladder if a blockage is found
If the kidney injury is severe, you may need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. Most people who suffer an AKI recover, but sometimes it can lead to CKD.
CKD cannot be cured. However, you can get treatment to relieve the symptoms and stop them from worsening. You might be offered dialysis, a kidney transplant or medication like high blood pressure medication or high cholesterol.
Call us now to find out if you have good reason to seek compensation. An adviser can provide you with free advice and let you know whether your claim is valid.
If you are thinking about making a kidney injury compensation claim, you should gather as much evidence as you can. This includes gathering the following:
- Witness details of anyone who saw the accident occur
- An accident report, for instance, if this occurred in the workplace or a public place like a shop
- Photos of where the accident occurred and your injuries
- Medical records. For instance, if you’re claiming for a kidney injury caused by medical negligence, medical records could be used to prove the diagnosis you received and the length of time it took for you to receive the right diagnosis
The more proof you have to support your case, the stronger your kidney injury compensation claim will be. Call us now to find out more about the sort of proof you need to support a kidney injury claim. An adviser can provide you with free advice while assessing your case.
A successful claim means you will receive general damages for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity you endured. You could also get special damages to cover your expenses and losses. However, you must provide proof of both in the form of relevant documentation.
Our compensation table provides an idea of the amount awarded for specific injuries which are based on the Judicial College Guidelines. These amounts cover general damages only.
|Type of injury||Potential Compensation Payout|
(general damages based on the Judicial College Guidelines
|Kidney injury||Up to £60,050||Where there's a significant risk of the function of the kidneys being totally lost|
|Kidney injury||£28,880 to £42,110||Claimant loses one kidney but the other is not damaged|
|Kidney injury||£158,970 to £197,480||Claimant suffers severe damage to both kidneys|
In order to value the general damages head of your claim, you’ll be asked to attend a medical appointment with an independent expert. Here, they’ll assess your injuries and create a report. This report will be used to value your claim.
When it comes to special damages, you could claim for the following providing you can prove the relevant proof:
- Medical costs
- Travel expenses
- Care costs
- Home adaptations
- Vehicle adaptations
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
For more information on how much your kidney injury claim for compensation may be worth, please get in touch today.
If you believe you are ready to make a claim for compensation but you would like to discuss things with an adviser, please get in touch today. A member of our team can explain the process involved and answer questions about receiving kidney injury compensation.
Once we have assessed your case, we can connect you to a solicitor from our panel of lawyers. The solicitor will review your case and could offer you a No Win No Fee agreement if they believe you have a strong case.
When you sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you only pay them when you receive compensation. This means you won’t be asked to make upfront or ongoign payments to them as they work on your claim. You also won’t be asked to pay them if you lose.
In the event of a successful claim, a “success fee” will be deducted from your compensation award. This will be legally capped, ensuring that you always get the majority of the compensation awarded to you.
You can reach an adviser on 0800 408 7825, or you can fill out our online contact form. A member of our team will get straight back to you. We provide everyone who contacts us with free advice. Once we establish your claim is valid, we can put you in touch with a solicitor from our panel.
Thank you for reading our guide on kidney injury compensation claims.
Article by OO