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Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History

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Want to learn more about the failure to obtain a kidney or renal history? You’re in the right place! Watch the video below and learn how the kidney and liver work and what liver and kidney failure is.

 

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Video Transcript

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:15 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Duty To Patient History
0:32 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Purpose Of Liver & Kidney
0:50 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Liver & Kidney Function Failure
2:04 Prescribing Medication Based On Patient Medical History

So we’ve been talking about some areas where healthcare professionals can come up short when it comes to their responsibilities.

0:15 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Duty To Patient History

And one of the ones I’d like to briefly discuss is the duty of healthcare professionals to understand the history that a patient may have with regard to problems with liver function or kidney function.

0:32 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Purpose Of Liver & Kidney

Two of the most important organs in our body when it comes to how our bodies deal with medications that we take are what happens to those medications when they make their way to the liver and when they make their way to our kidneys. 

0:50 Failure To Obtain Kidney Or Renal History: Liver & Kidney Function Failure

It’s very important for healthcare professionals when they prescribe one or more medications to understand whether or not a patient has a problem with liver function that is going to in some way impair the ability of that individual to properly metabolize or basically deal with a particular drug they are taking.

If a person has any number of different liver conditions, they may not be able to properly handle a drug they are prescribed. Similarly, when it comes to the function of our kidneys, as you may know, our kidneys just like our liver, have certain types of chemical functions in the way of filtering materials from our bloodstream as well as processing materials in our bloodstream including drugs, or what we call drug metabolites, which are the molecules that the body makes from the original molecule that was ingested as the medication.

2:04 Prescribing Medication Based On Patient Medical History

So the important point to understand here is that when a patient has a history of liver disease or when they have a history of kidney problems, in some cases, the medication should not be prescribed at all. In other cases, the dose of the medication may need to be adjusted. Typically, the dose may need to be adjusted downward. Rarely would the dose need to be adjusted upward.

Again, there are a number of responsibilities that healthcare professionals have when it comes to learning something about a patient before deciding to write a prescription order and to learn more, we invite you to explore some of the other videos on the LawMD website.

Two of the most important organs in your body are the liver and kidneys. These organs are fragile and can be damaged over time.

As medical malpractice physician attorneys, we often look at two main questions when we get involved in such situations. The first is to determine what caused the injury and if it was something that could have been avoided. The next question is if the liver or kidney conditions could have been treated better to prevent dialysis and the need for a transplant. We also examine whether or not the transplant was performed properly.

The financial burdens for people with liver and kidney injuries can be enormous. Dialysis can be very expensive for kidney injury patients. If a transplant is required, anti-rejection medication must also be taken. Patients undergoing liver transplants also need to be aware that anti-rejection medication can be very expensive.

Along with the financial burden, kidney and liver injuries can often lead to significant lifestyle changes for patients. If a kidney injury occurs without the patient’s fault, they can be compensated.

Most of our physician-attorneys are either current or past treating doctors in, collectively, a wide range of medical specialties. There is a good chance one or more of our physician attorneys have actually treated medical conditions similar to the ones from which you or your loved one now suffers. That translates into care and understanding as your Counselors, and know-how as your Advocates.

Any honest medical malpractice attorney will tell you that one of the greatest expenses in a medical malpractice case is having to pay physician experts to study the details of the medical issues in your case and, if necessary, provide testimony at deposition and trial. While even our physician attorneys may also need to hire outside medical experts for your case, our medical know-how allows us to perform a significant amount of the medical analysis necessary for your case in-house which may translate into significant savings at the conclusion of your case.

Because we have in-house medical know-how, we can evaluate the medical questions in your case and provide answers without a lengthy wait. Our internal process involves getting the issues in your case quickly in front of the right physician attorney who, based on his or her medical experience and training, is most likely to have the answers you seek about whether you have a case and how we might help you get the compensation you deserve to help secure a brighter future for you and for your loved ones.

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