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Alleged failure to diagnose results in kidney failure, lawsuit

An Illinois woman is seeking $250,000 in damages after a doctor allegedly failed to diagnose her properly, leading to her subsequent kidney failure. The misdiagnosis occurred when the woman sought treatment from the doctor between January 2012 and April 2013, according to the lawsuit. Her condition reportedly declined so much during that time that the woman had to be hospitalized due to the failure of her kidneys.

The woman filed suit against the doctor, the clinic, the medical group, the home care services company providing follow-up care and one of the company's employees. The woman's legal complaint stated that in addition to the medical costs she incurred due to the medical malpractice, she also lost her normal life, suffered pain as well as permanent disability and struggled with emotional distress. She also claimed that the home care worker failed to observe, record, report or treat her medical condition.

Signs and symptoms of kidney problems that might be observed by healthcare professionals include nausea, fatigue and weakness, problems with sleeping, reduced urine output, mental confusion and muscle cramps and twitches. Persistent itchiness and swelling in the patient's feet or ankles are also warning signs that a kidney problem may be developing. High blood pressure that seems resistant to treatment is also often a co-indication of renal issues that could lead to kidney failure.

A negligent delay of diagnosis or failure to diagnose illnesses like kidney failure may result in a worsened condition or spread of disease. A medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed to recover both actual monetary damages as well as compensation for pain and suffering both physical and psychological.

Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, "Failure to diagnose led to kidney failure, suit claims", April 07, 2014

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