Kidney Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a kidney injury, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.
We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
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Although the causes of kidney disease are varied, including diabetes and dehydration, kidney damage can also be caused by exposure to hazardous substances, high-velocity impacts, crushing accidents and medical negligence.
If you develop kidney disease under any of these circumstances, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Who can claim compensation for kidney Disease?
The two main types of kidney injury are 'Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)' and 'Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)'.
According to statistics from NHS Kidney Care, CKD affects around 4% of the adult population whilst AKI affects an estimated 33,000 to 40,000 people in the UK.
If your CKD was caused by your job or working conditions, you may be eligible to make a work-related illness claim.
If you sustained an AKI as the result of a doctor's or other medical professional's negligence, you could be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation.
Do I have an injury claim?
You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.
What if I was diagnosed months after the kidney injury?
Depending on how your kidney injury happened, the three-year time limit may only start from the date you are diagnosed and learn of the cause of your injury. In some cases, this can be months or years after the cause occurred.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Kidney injury compensation amounts
The following kidney injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
|Kidney injury||Moderate||Risk of future infection||Up to £51,000|
|Kidney injury||Serious||Loss of one kidney||£24,530 to £35,780|
|Kidney injury||Severe||Serious damage to both kidneys||£135,030 to £167,690|
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a serious kidney injury can be £50,000
For a less severe internal injuries, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,200.
However, if you have a serious kidney injury and a less severe internal injuries, you would typically receive £50,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,200.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?
Private treatment can be expensive, but funding towards the cost of this treatment frequently comprises part of a compensation award. Your solicitor may even be able to arrange access to private medical care as soon as your claim is accepted.
Can I get an interim payment?
Interim payments are effectively an advance on a probable compensation award. An interim payment may be awarded if the claimant is in immediate financial hardship.
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a kidney injury claim take?
How long it can take to process a kidney injury claim can vary considerably.
A straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be completed in a couple of months. If the defendant denies liability, the process might take longer. Typically, an injury claim takes between 4 and 9 months. See more: How long will my claim take?
How else can a solicitor help me?
Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.
Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
Can I claim for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
Characterised by abnormal kidney function or structure, chronic kidney disease is the result of damage over a long period.
CKD symptoms may not be immediately apparent and often occur only when very little kidney function remains. At this stage, recognised symptoms include weight loss, swollen ankles, blood or protein in urine, shortness of breath and itchy skin.
A change in kidney function is often discovered during routine blood and urine tests, so having chronic kidney disease does not always mean there are any obvious symptoms.
You can usually claim if your CKD was caused by the negligence of another party, such as your employer.
Can I claim if my CKD is caused by a pre-existing condition?
CKD is often caused by a pre-existing condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Whether you can claim compensation for kidney disease relating to a pre-exisitng condition will depend on the facts of the case.
For example, if a pre-existing was misdiagnosed, you may be able to claim compensation for CKD that developed as a result of delayed or negligent treatment.
Can I claim for Kidney Disease caused by exposure to hazardous substances?
Usually, yes. You may be eligible to make a industrial disease compensation claim following workplace exposure to hazardous substances which infiltrate or are ingested into the body.
CKD can be caused by heavy metal nephrotoxins, common in many industries. These include:
- Lead - used in batteries, ammunition, pipes and X-rays shields
- Cadmium - found in batteries, pigments, metal coatings and plastics
- Mercury - found in chlorine gas and caustic soda production, thermometers, dental fillings and batteries
- Arsenic - used in wood preserver and pesticides
- Uranium - used in nuclear energy and weapons
Other causal agents found in the workplace are silica, barium, dichloroethene, hydrazines, manganese, phosphorus, toluene and toxaphene.
Workplaces affected include dentistry, pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy production, the agricultural industry and many manufacturing industries. Industries that use manufactured products containing a hazardous substance are also at risk.
Who is liable for Chronic Kidney Disease?
In most chronic kidney disease claims, an employer is liable, provided it can be shown that their actions were negligent. Under The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, employers have a legal ‘duty of care' to protect employees from the dangers of hazardous substances. In order to do this they are required to:
- Carrying out a risk assessment to identify hazards and decide how to control them
- Provide control measures, such as adequate ventilation, protective clothing and breathing masks, to reduce harm to health and ensure they are used
- Maintain control measures to ensure they are in good working order
- Provide staff instruction and training on the risks and procedures
- Provide monitoring and health surveillance
Your solicitor will show that your employer failed to carry out appropriate actions and safety checks, and that these failures lead to your kidney disease.
Your solicitor will gather evidence to prove your case, including medical reports, company health and safety records, and witness statements.
Can I claim for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)?
Yes, if your kidney injury was caused by another party's negligence.
Acute Kidney Injury is characterised by a rapid decline in kidney function brought on by sudden or short-term damage. It is often the result of complications from existing conditions and can cause minor loss of kidney function or complete renal failure.
Recognised AKI symptoms include nausea and vomiting, confusion, high blood pressure, abdominal pain and a build-up of fluid in the body.
Symptoms are not always immediate but a possible early warning sign is reduced urine production. Acute kidney injury is usually caused by an event that leads to kidney malfunction, such as dehydration, blood loss from major surgery or injury or the administration of certain medicines.
Most cases of acute kidney injury occur in people who are already in hospital for other reasons.
Common AKI claims arise as a result of a failure to carry out an investigation or failure to interpret the information.
Research from the NHS shows that around 20-30% of AKI cases could be prevented.
Who is liable in Acute Kidney Injury claims?
In the majority of claims, a hospital or private medical practitioner is liable if their action or inaction caused the condition - for example, if:
- an at-risk patient developed the condition
- there was unnecessary blood loss during a surgical procedure
- a person became dehydrated because of poor care
In these cases, where a hospital or individual member of staff acted against the best interests of the patient, a claim can be made based on negligence.
Kidney damage medical negligence claims can be complex, and often daunting, for example in cases against an NHS Trust.
Your solicitor can help simplify the process and will support you throughout every aspect of the claims process.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
No win, no fee
No win, no fee means that your solicitor will not charge you any fees if your injury claim is unsuccessful. 'No win, no fee' is also known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA'.
No win, no fee - our guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is absolutely no financial risk in making an injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Can I get Legal Aid?
Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.
Is there a penalty if I withdraw?
Under a No Win, No Fee Agreement (CFA), fees may apply if a claimant refuses to cooperate, or abandons their claim after the legal work has started, or if the claim is fraudulent.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
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Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.