Medical Negligence – Negligent GP and patient with kidney disease
Kate was 45 years when she attended a public hospital in Queensland with extremely high blood pressure. She was told she had suffered permanent damage to her kidneys as a result of high blood pressure and later that year commenced dialysis. She was told she required a kidney transplant. Kate had been under the management of a general practitioner for her blood pressure for about 10 years. Her GP had not properly managed her high blood pressure and he should have referred her to a specialist because of her falling eGFR results.
Kate suffered chronic kidney disease and was stage 4 by the time this was diagnosed. Kate required dialysis until she obtained a kidney transplant. Dialysis makes Kate very weak and lethargic, as such she was unable to work and carry out ordinary activities of daily living.
We qualified experts in nephrology (ie. kidneys) to comment on how the injury occurred, the likely prognosis and the treatment required. Expert evidence was also obtained as to the nature and extent of Kate’s injuries and disabilities and her loss of earning capacity.
A significant issue was whether the delay in properly managing Kate’s blood pressure would have led to any different outcome. The Defendant’s experts asserted she would have required dialysis in any event. Our experts gave her a period of 20 to 25 years without needing dialysis. Liability was not seriously contended by the defendant.
Following a mediation, the matter settled and we secured a settlement of $790,000 for Kate and her family, who were very grateful for the outcome.