When you undergo a medical exam, blood tests and urine tests are routine. If you are in the early stages of kidney disease, that should be indicated by those tests. With early and accurate diagnosis, most kidney diseases can be treated and effectively managed, and the progress from early-stage kidney disease to complete renal failure can be slowed, halted, and in some cases even reversed. However, if test results are misread or not even recognized – because of inadequate medical training, overwork and stress, or any other reason – specialists may not be consulted, treatment may not be ordered, and a patient’s condition can quickly deteriorate. That constitutes medical malpractice. If you are a victim or believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, speak at once with one of our experienced Florida malpractice lawyers at the Miami law office of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A.
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Medical malpractice is precisely defined. It is the violation of the “reasonable standard of care” provided by most doctors, but unless you are a doctor yourself, it’s genuinely difficult for an injured person to know if he or she is a victim. Every malpractice case is unique, and every allegation must be thoroughly examined from legal and medical perspectives.
If a urine test indicates that blood and protein – “proteinuria” and “hematuria” – are present in your urine, it usually means kidney disease, and you should be retested after a brief interval. If a retest indicates the same levels of blood and protein, this can be an indicator of a serious condition and you should be sent to a specialist. If a blood test measures a lowered protein level in your blood, increased creatinine, and an abnormal blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level, your kidneys may not be properly filtering your blood, and further testing should be ordered.
Kidney disease is sometimes triggered by high blood pressure, but high blood pressure is usually a symptom rather than a cause. If your blood pressure has remained high after trying several treatments, it may be caused by undiagnosed or untreated kidney disease. If your doctor doesn’t consider kidney disease as a possible cause of high blood pressure, this medical mistake can cause serious harm.
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An experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney can work to identify the individuals who hold liability in your case, whether it’s a doctor, nursing staff, surgeon or another health professional. If your case appears to involve a legitimate case of negligence or medical malpractice, our legal team will help you file a lawsuit so you can seek out the compensation you deserve for your losses. Unlike most wrongful death and personal injury attorneys, our medical malpractice lawyers are extremely familiar with kidney disease and renal failure, which means we’re well-positioned to work with some of the nation’s leading kidney disease experts as we investigate and litigate your case.
General practitioners aren’t expected to have a specialist’s knowledge, but they are expected to know when a patient should be referred to a specialist or sent to the dialysis center or hospital for more intensive treatment. If you or someone you love has been misdiagnosed by a medical professional, improperly treated, or injured as a consequence of medical malpractice related to kidney disease, discuss your legal rights and options at once with one of our experienced Florida malpractice lawyers at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. Contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 888.233.7667, or email us at: [email protected].