How to Know if You Have a Case for a Kidney Failure Drug Lawsuit
Kidneys allow harmful wastes, including excess fluids and salts, to filter through the body. When kidneys experience loss of function, they fail to filter toxins and cause the body to retain fluid. Fluid retention is the kidney’s defense mechanism designed to protect other organs from becoming toxic due to loss of filtration. If CKD is not treated, kidney failure can lead to permanent kidney damage or death. According to the American Kidney Fund, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects over 30 million people in the United States. Kidney failure is the ninth leading cause of death, majorly affecting those over the age of 65.
Causes of Kidney Failure
Kidney failure can be caused by several different factors. The leading cause of kidney failure in the United States is diabetes, followed by high blood pressure. However, several cases of kidney failure have been linked to certain prescription medications including Invokana and Nexium.
Kidney Failure Treatments
Some cases of kidney failure may be treatable if caught early enough. According to WebMD, treatments may include:
- Prescription Antibiotics: Generally taken to treat a bacterial kidney infection.
- Nephrostomy: A more permanent option, nephrostomy involves placing a catheter tube into the kidney and attaching a urine bag outside the body. Urine is then processed through the tube rather than through the kidney, bypassing any blockages.
- Lithotripsy: A lithotripsy sends ultrasound shockwaves through the body via machine, usually causing kidney stones to break up and easily pass through the urinary tract.
- Nephrectomy: A surgical procedure that involves removing the failing kidney completely. This is common in cases of severe kidney damage or cancer.
- Dialysis: This process is most commonly treated through hemodialysis. Dialysis artificially filters the blood that failing kidneys can’t process.
- Hemodialysis: When someone is diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), their kidneys are completely failing. This process of treatment prolongs life by connecting the individual to a dialysis machine about three times per week.
- Peritoneal dialysis: A treatment method by which fluid is transferred through a catheter to a natural membrane lining in the abdomen. The fluid processes and retains waste from the blood in the body. Eventually, the fluid is drained, discarded, and replaced.
- Kidney transplant: In patients with ESRD, a transplant can restore kidney function. The transplantation process is possible via living or diseased organ donor.
The Cost of Treatment
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), treatment costs for kidney failure treatment—hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation—can cost up to $88,000, putting a significant financial burden on patients and their families. The cost of treatment can be even more costly if treatment medications cause other problems.
If you have been treated for kidney failure/CKD and prescribed either Invokana or Nexium, you may have a potential claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney specializing in kidney failure drug cases as soon as possible in order to get the settlement you deserve. Bachus & Schanker have some of the best kidney drug lawyers in the country, so contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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