Did My Medication Cause My Kidney Disease?24th Oct 2017

by Lydia Barnett on 24th Oct 2017

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All medication has side effects – and the stronger the drugs you’re taking, the greater the risk of unintended harm. 

Some medicines your doctor prescribes can damage your kidneys as a side effect.

These drugs can include some blood pressure and ulcer medicines; antibiotics; chemotherapy treatment; HIV medicines; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; dyes used to help diagnose conditions.

But you may not feel any initial symptoms. So you may not find out that side effects have permanently damaged your kidneys until it’s too late.

Your kidneys could be so badly damaged that you may need dialysis for the rest of your life. Or even one or more kidney transplant operations.

Compensation claims can run into millions – between £1.5 million and £3 million.

Did Your Doctor Fail To Spot The Warning Signs?

It is not easy to diagnose damaged kidneys because there may not be any early symptoms. This is why your GP or hospital should carry out regular blood tests when they are treating you.

But what if they failed to carry out those tests? Or they ran the tests but failed to act on them? They could have continued prescribing your medication without realising the injuries they were causing.

And only when you start to feel low, weak and lacking energy does the hospital diagnose problems with your kidneys. Other symptoms can include producing less urine, shortness of breath and nausea.

But by then the damage is done. You will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Claim Compensation For Damaged Kidneys

Treating or replacing damaged kidneys is expensive – you may need to go private if the NHS waiting list is too long.

Also, you may not want the NHS to treat you if they’re the ones that damaged your kidneys in the first place.

But the cost of private treatment is not restricted to dialysis and kidney transplant operations. You will also require associated nursing and/or family care. You’ll need compensation to fund all this.

And even if you decide to stick with the NHS for your care and treatment, compensation for kidney injuries can still be as high as £3 million because of the:

  • severity of the injuries
  • pain and suffering caused
  • loss of earnings if you can no longer work (especially if you have a family to support).

What If Medical Negligence Caused The Death Of A Loved One?

Was medical negligence to blame for the loss of a member of your family? You can still claim compensation even if they have died.

As the estate of the deceased, you can claim for damages including:

  • bereavement
  • the pain that your loved one suffered before they died
  • any extra care or treatment they needed before they died
  • loss of earnings or livelihood
  • financial hardship caused by the loss of a breadwinner
  • funeral expenses.

Find Out More About Claiming

Contact Coles Miller Partner Lydia Barnett, a solicitor specialising in medical negligence claims, for more information, 01202 355695.