Your kidneys play an important role in removing waste and excess fluid and maintaining a healthy chemical balance in your blood. Therefore, kidney injuries, kidney failure or kidney cancer can have a huge impact on your physical health. Importantly, if your kidneys have been damaged or injured because of somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a kidney injury claim for compensation for any suffering caused.
To help you understand your options, we provide a no-obligation initial consultation of your claim. As well as offering free legal advice and answering your questions, we could partner you with one of our personal injury solicitors if your claim appears to have a realistic chance of success. Importantly, you won’t need to pay any legal fees upfront if your claim is accepted as your solicitor will work on a No Win No Fee basis.
Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about kidney injury claims or call us on 0800 6524 881 to discuss your options right away.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Kidney Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Kidney Injury Claims
- Types Of Kidney Injuries Compensation Could Be Claimed For
- Evidence To Support A Kidney Injury Claim
- How Much Compensation For A Kidney Injury Could I Claim?
- Kidney Injury Compensation Amounts Guide
- Time Limits For Claiming Kidney Injury Compensation
- Starting The Kidney Injury Claims Process
To determine whether you’re eligible to claim compensation for an injury to your kidney/s, a claims advisor will initially look to verify who is liable by asking you whether:
- The defendant (the party you blame) owed you a duty of care; and
- The defendant was negligent; and
- That negligence caused you to suffer a kidney injury.
We believe that it’s best to seek out proper legal representation when claiming for kidney injury compensation to give yourself the best chance of being compensated fairly. To find out if one of our solicitors could help you, please call our personal injury team today.
There are various reasons why you may want to begin a kidney injury compensation claim. We can’t list them all here but some of the more common examples include:
Working with some hazardous chemicals can lead to chronic kidney disease. Some of the more risky chemicals include barium, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, manganese, lead and uranium.
You may be able to make a kidney injury claim against your employer if they:
- Failed to provide adequate safety training.
- Didn’t provide Personal Protective Equipment that was fit for purpose.
- Made you work in a poorly-ventilated workplace.
- Failed to carry out regular risk assessments.
You could still claim compensation from an employer that you no longer work for if your kidney injury diagnosis can be traced back to your time with the company.
If you’ve suffered because of substandard care by a medical professional, you may be eligible to make a kidney injury claim. Examples of medical negligence leading to kidney injuries include:
- Delayed or misdiagnosis of a kidney condition including kidney cancer.
- Failure to carry out kidney function tests.
- Surgical errors that damage a kidney.
- Never events i.e. where the wrong kidney is operated on during surgery.
Proving that negligence led to a kidney injury can be complex. However, we have a team of medical negligence solicitors who could help so please get in touch if you’d like us to explain your options.
Kidney injuries can be sustained in a variety of different accidents if there is a direct blow to the abdominal area. For example, you could damage your kidneys in a ladder fall accident or a passenger car accident. If the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a kidney injury claim against them.
Being punched in the abdomen during an assault at work or in a public place can lead to traumatic kidney injuries. Being stabbed could lead to a penetrating wound in the kidney. Both can lead to serious suffering and may require surgery. If you’ve suffered a kidney injury during an unprovoked violent assault, you may be able to begin a criminal injury claim.
If you believe you’ve suffered any type of kidney injury that was caused by somebody else, please get in touch so we can review your options with you.
There are several common types of kidney injuries for which compensation could be claimed if negligence was the cause. These include:
- Blunt trauma. Commonly caused by a direct blow to the kidney, such as from a car accident, a fall, or assault.
- Penetrating trauma. This type of injury commonly occurs when a foreign object penetrates the kidney, such as from a knife.
- Crush injury. If the kidney is crushed between two objects, such as in a factory accident or building site accident.
- Infectious injury. If an infection is missed during a medical examination, for example, it could potentially spread to the kidney.
In a personal injury claim, evidence of the specific type of kidney injury and how it was caused by the negligence of somebody else will usually be necessary to prove liability so we’ll explain this next.
It’s important to prove how much your kidney injury has affected you and who is liable if you are to be awarded a fair settlement. The types of evidence that could help prove liability for a kidney injury will vary depending on the nature of your injury but could include:
- Medical records. In all types of kidney injury claims, medical records from the hospital that treated you could be obtained to prove the extent of your injuries.
- Witness statements. If your kidney injury was sustained in an accident, witnesses may be contacted for a statement of what they saw.
- Accident report forms. For accidents in the workplace or in public places, accidents should be reported and you should ask for a copy of the accident report form.
- Photographs and videos. Following an accident that leads to a kidney injury, you should take photographs to capture the scene. Also, CCTV or dashcam footage should be secured if available.
- Financial records. To help prove any costs you’ve incurred because of a kidney injury, it’s best practice to retain any relevant receipts, invoices or bank statements.
If you have any evidence to support your claim already, please let your advisor know when you call.
The amount of compensation for a kidney injury claim should reflect how you’ve suffered physically, psychologically and financially. Therefore, if you make a successful claim, the compensation could cover your:
- Physical pain, suffering or discomfort.
- Distress, anxiety, depression or other forms of mental harm.
- Loss of enjoyment of your normal activities.
- Reduction of earnings.
- Medical expenses and treatment costs.
- Care costs.
- Travel expenses.
- Damage to your personal property.
- Future loss of earnings (for longer-term kidney issues).
- Changes to your home to make dealing with any permanent disability easier.
Working with a solicitor on our team could make it easier to win a kidney injury claim and could result in a higher settlement amount so do please get in touch today to see how we could help.
Until your kidney injury claim has been properly assessed, it’s not really possible to put a value on your claim. However, we’ve listed some kidney injury compensation amounts (for general damages) below which can be used as a guide.
- £169,400 – £210,400 compensation for severe and irreversible damage to both of the victim’s kidneys.
- Up to £63,980 compensation for a kidney injury with a serious risk of future urinary tract infection, or complete loss of normal kidney function. This can result in substantial future medical expenses.
- £30,770 – £44,880 compensation for losing one kidney but without injury to the remaining kidney.
To prove the extent of any kidney damage, you might need an independent medical review as part of your claim. Following your meeting, a medical expert will explain your prognosis in a report that your solicitor will use to calculate how much compensation might be entitled to.
If you make a medical negligence or personal injury claim, you’ll have 3 years to do so from either:
- The date you sustained a kidney injury; or
- The date a kidney condition was diagnosed by a doctor.
For criminal injury claims, you’ll have 2 years from the date you were assaulted.
In all cases, starting your claim as early as possible can be beneficial as it could mean you’ll be compensated earlier if your claim is successful and you might receive interim payments to help with any expenses that result from your kidney injury.
To find out if you could be compensated for a kidney injury, please call us on 0800 6524 881 today. As part of our no-obligation consultation, we’ll answer your questions and provide free legal advice about your next steps.
If the claim is viable and taken on by one of our specialist solicitors, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. As such, no legal fees will need to be paid unless you receive a compensation award.
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