The kidneys are vital organs that assist in filtering blood throughout the body. These fist-sized organs located in the back of the abdomen remove waste, control body fluid balance and regulate the body’s electrolyte levels.
The main function of the kidneys though is to assist in the production of urine, if the kidneys are damaged it can cause the body to stop the production of urine and thus prevent us from getting rid of soluble waste and toxins.
Protected by the back muscles and rib cage, the kidneys are also full of blood vessels so if they are damaged it could lead to serious internal bleeding.
According to a 2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, more than 6 million persons who visited the emergency room were diagnosed with disease of the genitourinary system, which includes the kidneys.
If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney injuries cause by another party’s carelessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, https://lewisandkeller.com/areas-of-practice/serious-personal-injury-attorney/pain-and-suffering/, lost wages, and much more.
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Causes of Kidney Damage
Although some kidney injuries may be caused by medical conditions, certain injuries may be caused by outside sources.
Some common causes of kidney trauma include:
- Sports Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Defective Medications
Crash statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation indicate that nearly 107,000 people were injured during car crashes in 2011. When anyone is involved in a car accident they may sustain internal injuries, including kidney damage, caused by the interior of the vehicle or even their seatbelt.
Symptoms of Kidney Damage
When a person suffers from kidney damage they may experience abdominal cramps which are a common symptom of digestive issues, however, combined with further symptoms it may signify a more serious problem.
Some common symptoms of a kidney injury include:
- Back Pain
- Blood in the Urine
- Decreased Responsiveness
- Frequent or Urgent Urination
- Pale Skin
Kidney damage symptoms are not always obvious and if only one kidney is damaged a person may not have any apparent symptoms until the damaged kidney’s function levels have decreased to only 10%.
Kidney Damage Treatment
Once medical treatment has been sought doctors can use a variety of tests to determine the type of kidney damage you have. Abdominal scans and ultrasounds are commonly used to diagnose the problem as are blood tests.
Once diagnosed, treatment may include:
- Bed Rest
- Dietary Restrictions
- Specially Prescribed Medications
In some extreme cases a person may suffer from a torn kidney or ureter and surgery may be used to repair the damage. The quicker the problem is treated the better an individual’s chances are of fully recovering, however, permanent damage could occur is the injury is left untreated.
Anyone suffering from kidney damage symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Contact our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Kidney damage is a serious personal injury that could cause lifelong issues and lead to further debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney damage brought on by no fault of their own, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
At Lewis & Keller we have the knowledge and resources to guide you through the entire litigation process. Our dedicated team of attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and have handled many personal injury claims.
We have offices located Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, but are also proud to serve the following areas:
- College Hill
- Fisher Park
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- …and many more local cities and towns.
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