Kidney transplant death occurs when an individual dies as the result of complications during surgery to remove their kidney. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 10 percent of the population in the United States – more than 20 million people – suffers from some varying level of chronic kidney disease. Approximately 500,000 Americans suffer from end stage renal disease. Thousands of individuals will eventually require a kidney transplant, and thousands of donors will put their lives on the line to donate their kidney.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience representing clients who have unselfishly decided to donate a kidney but have suffered serious injuries or death during the procedure as a result of medical error. Our experienced and knowledgeable legal team in New York treats each client and their family member with the compassion and respect they deserve in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.
Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. It is a condition in which your kidneys are damaged and unable to filter blood as well as a healthy kidney should. As a result, waste from your blood stream remains in your body, causing other serious health problems.
Individuals suffering from the early stages of chronic kidney disease do not generally feel ill or notice any symptoms. Often the only way that they find out about this medical condition is through specific blood and urine tests. In most cases, individuals suffering from kidney disease are able to control and treat the disease with medication and lifestyle changes, such as making healthier choices about the food and beverages they consume. However, if such treatment is ineffective and their kidney fails, the patient only has two choices: to artificially filter the kidneys on a regular basis (commonly known as dialysis) or have a kidney transplant.
Prior to having a kidney transplant, medical providers will do extensive testing to ensure the person donating and the person receiving the kidney are compatible. This matching process is standardized and very specific to reduce the risk of rejection of the kidney.
Although it is rare for a patient to die during transplant surgery, it nevertheless does happen. In fact, according to statistics provided by the CDC, there are many risks associated with kidney transplants, one of which is death. There are also numerous reasons as to why kidney transplant deaths occur. The most common causes of death in the years following transplantation include:
How To Reduce Possibility of Complications And Death After a Transplant
There are many steps that you can take to reduce the chances of death following renal transplant. You may be instructed and advised not to smoke, reduce high blood pressure, and live a generally healthier lifestyle.
However, in some instances, regardless of how much precaution you take, a death may be inevitable, especially if the harm occurred at the hands of your treating physicians. If you believe that a loved one died after a kidney transplant as the result of the medical negligence of their healthcare team, you should immediately consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C.
Kidney transplant death is rare. However, when such tragic deaths occur, they are often the result of medical malpractice. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch, kidney transplant deaths have significantly reduced over the years:
The probability of death from a cadaver kidney transplant is less than 5 percent (at UTMB.)
Regardless of how unlikely the chances are, it can nevertheless be devastating to lose a loved one after a kidney transplant, especially if he or she had been waiting for an extended period of time to find a donor. If the death is caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional, which could have been prevented, this loss can simply become unbearable.
Hiring a medical malpractice attorney to file a claim against the liable parties will not undue the harm and bring back your loved ones. However, obtaining a favorable judgment and compensation can bring you a sense of closure and justice. It can also fill the financial void resulting from compensation that was once provided by your deceased loved one.
After suffering such a traumatic experience or watching the death of a loved after a kidney transplant, you may not even want to think about your legal options. While losing a loved one after a kidney transplant that went wrong as a result of the medical negligence of healthcare professionals will impact all parts of your life and the lives of your entire family, the law does provide you with legal course to help you seek justice against the parties responsible for the loss of your loved one.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have over 30 years of experience in pursuing justice on behalf of individuals harmed by medical malpractice. Our legal team will take every step necessary to secure not only financial compensation but also accountability and justice.
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