Kidney stones are a painful condition where hard deposits form in the kidneys from excess minerals in the body. Kidney stones must pass through the urinary tract in order to expel these excess mineral deposits. Oftentimes, people with kidney stones will suffer from extreme back, side, groin, or abdominal pain.
Signs and symptoms of kidney stones include the following:
- Severe pain in the abdomen, sides, or back;
- Radiating pain from the abdomen to the groin;
- Pain that fluctuates in intensity;
- Pain when urinating;
- Red or brown urine;
- Cloudy urine;
- Urine that is foul smelling;
- The constant need to urinate;
- Fever; and
- Chills, among others.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 500,000 people are admitted to the emergency room each year as a result of kidney stones. If a doctor fails to accurately diagnose kidney stones, the consequences may be severe. It is worth noting that kidney stones are more prevalent in patients with a history of certain types of medical conditions. For this reason, a physician should treat each case differently in order to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Under New York State law, a doctor must adhere to the acceptable standard of care that a reasonably prudent doctor under similar circumstances would have. However, at times, a doctor may make a mistake and fail to properly treat or accurately diagnose kidney stones, which may give rise to a claim of action. In this instance, a patient who suffers injuries may be entitled to recover compensation as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a physician during the negligent treatment or diagnosis of kidney stones, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney that can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and remedies. Seeking the assistance of an experienced Long Island medical malpractice lawyer may be vital in protecting your rights. Contact the dedicated, experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC for the representation you deserve. To schedule a consultation, call (516) 294-8282 for our Long Island law office or (212) 687-2777 for our New York City law office.