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A Woman Was Compensated with $120K for Permanent Kidney Damage

Case Overview
  • Our client had a history of kidney stones causing renal and liver problems that led to repeated hospital admissions.
  • GMP on behalf of her alleged that due to the mismanagement, she suffered from permanent kidney damage.
  • At mediation, our client and the defendant agreed to compensation monies in the sum of $120,000.

It is expected that commonly treated health issues, such as kidney stones with infection, are managed without the prospect of continued deterioration and ongoing pain and suffering.

Our client had a history of kidney stones causing renal and liver problems that led to repeated hospital admissions between 2011 and 2015. On these occasions, antibiotics were administered and, if necessary, she would be transferred to another hospital for further management. In early 2019, our client again presented to hospital complaining of back and groin pain. A urine test identified blood in her urine and indicated a possible urine infection. A CT scan later that day also identified kidney stones.

Over the next two days, painkillers and steroids were administered. Her urine infection was monitored but no antibiotics were provided. On the third day, her condition had deteriorated to a point where emergency transfer was required as she was suffering from severe infection and sepsis. After assessment by a urologist, our client was scheduled for a cystoscopy. In theatre, she had a left retrograde pyelogram and it was noted that she had pus in her left ureter. A ureteric stent was placed, and lithotripsy performed for the kidney stones. She was then administered intravenous antibiotics.

“Initially, she was advised by the medical officer that she was suffering from a urinary tract infection that could be treated at home with conservative management. However, at the insistence of our client, she was reassessed and admitted with an official diagnosis of urosepsis.”


Leslie Abboud
Our Approach

On behalf of our client, we alleged that due to the mismanagement of her presenting condition, our client suffered an untreated complex infection which resulted in permanent kidney damage. Our client continues to suffer from persisting pain and, as a consequence, she is unable to sit or walk for prolonged periods and is severely restricted in her daily activities. Her kidney has deteriorated, which has significantly increased her risk to infection and reduced her lifespan as a result.

GMP received opinions from a nephrologist and an emergency medicine specialist supporting our allegation that intravenous antibiotics should have been commenced immediately and the kidney obstructions managed as soon as practicable. This would have avoided the subsequent injuries, psychological effects, and ongoing pain and suffering our client has experienced.

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The Result

At mediation, our client and the defendant agreed to compensation monies in the sum of $120,000.

Leslie Abboud Lawyer

Leslie Abboud

Consultant
Knowing what the reasonable clinical practice is allows me to ask the right questions that establish the defendant’s liability. Inexperienced lawyers just fumble through this delaying your rights.
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