According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 7 adults in the United States has chronic kidney disease, a long-term condition that can lead to kidney failure. When the kidneys fail, patients require dialysis and potentially kidney transplants to survive. When a patient uses a dialysis treatment, they expect that it will perform its basic life-saving functions. However, certain dialysis treatments may cause severe side effects or lead to fatal conditions.
If you suffered a medical injury or lost a loved one due to the detrimental side effects of a product used to treat kidney failure, a Los Angeles dialysis treatment lawyer can help you determine if you have a case. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to speak with our legal team.
Causes of Kidney Failure
Kidney failure typically occurs over time as a result of long-term kidney disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a patient experiences kidney failure when less than 15% of their kidney works properly. Most often, patients suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) first, in which the kidneys cannot filter blood the way they should. Precursors to CKD may include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Family history of kidney issues
Management centers on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and controlling blood pressure, but its efficiency varies by patient. Once the condition develops into kidney failure, doctors typically suggest dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Your physician should help you weigh the risks and benefits of your treatment options to determine an appropriate approach for you. If you chose a course of treatment that caused you to suffer serious side effects, a Los Angeles dialysis treatment lawyer can help you hold the manufacturer accountable for their negligence.
Types of Dialysis Treatments
Dialysis involves a life-saving process that helps your body get rid of the excess waste and blood fluids that your kidney cannot process on its own. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the patient’s specific conditions, needs, and lifestyle preferences.
The most common type of dialysis, patients can undergo hemodialysis at home or in a clinical setting. This type involves the surgical placement of an access point in the arm, which connects to a large machine that drains blood from the kidney, cleans it using a specialized solution, and returns it to your body. Patients undergo hemodialysis treatments several times a week, and each treatment takes four to five hours.
This type of dialysis involves the placement of a device in the abdomen, which serves as the access point for treatment. Peritoneal dialysis can take place in a hospital or at home after the patient and other persons administering treatment receive adequate training. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) does not require a machine, but it must be performed three to five times a day. Continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) uses a machine, but patients can automate the processes to complete on their own even during sleeping hours.
Science continues to make advances in the way physicians treat patients with kidney failure, and treatments designed to boost kidney function often play a critical role in a patient’s quality of life. Unfortunately, the companies that manufacture the treatments do not always exercise proper care in maintaining their safety, putting patients at an increased risk of other serious health conditions. If you or a loved one suffered side effects caused by a medication or treatment solution, the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you build your case. Contact us online with details, and a representative from our legal team will call you as soon as possible.
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Harmful Dialysis Treatments Lawsuit and Recalls
Every medical procedure, drug, and treatment carries risks, but certain types of dialysis treatments may present a higher risk than others. In 2016, German company Fresenius Medical Care settled a $250 million class action lawsuit with patients who claimed that the company did not fully disclose the dangers of two of its products.
Class 1 Recalls of NaturaLyte and GranuFlo
Previously, the company issued Class 1 recalls with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the products in question. According to the FDA, Class 1 recalls involve the removal of products due to a “reasonable probability” that their use will cause serious health problems or death. The official FDA recalls for both GranuFlo powder and NaturaLyte liquid acid concentrates list a risk of alkalosis as the reason for the recalls.
The Dangers of Alkalosis
MedlinePlus defines alkalosis as a condition when the body fluids have too much base and not enough acid. This affects the overall pH of the fluids, which can lead to death if the patient does not receive emergency medical care. Symptoms of alkalosis include:
- Muscle twitching or spasms
- Difficulty breathing
- Numbness or tingling
- Loss of consciousness
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Financial Awards for Dialysis Treatment Injury
If you or a loved one suffered alkalosis after using GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, a Los Angeles dialysis treatment lawyer can help you hold the company accountable for their negligence. Financial awards you may qualify for include:
- Medical bills and other healthcare expenses
- Lost wages and/or loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one as the result of a dialysis treatment side effect, you may also qualify for compensation for funeral and burial expenses, as well as loss of consortium.
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When you decide on a treatment plan for a health condition, you, and your doctor trust that the products you use will work as intended and improve your condition, not make it worse. However, manufacturers do not always disclose the possible risks associated with their products, and patients can suffer severe illness and injury as a result. If you suffered injury or the loss of a loved one due to a defective dialysis treatment, the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you fight for your case. Contact our legal team today at (800) 794-0444 to learn more about your free case evaluation.