The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
- remove waste products from the body
- remove drugs from the body
- balance the body’s fluids
- release hormones that regulate blood pressure
- produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong healthy bones
- controls the production of red blood cells
Kidney injuries have the potential to be life threatening and such injuries can be caused by road traffic accidents and falls or violent trauma as a result of a criminal assault or a serious accident at work.
Common accident causes of kidney injuries
The most common cause of kidney injury claims is due to exposure to hazardous substances including:
- lead – used in batteries, ammunition, pipes and x-ray shields
- cadmium – found in batteries, pigments, metal coatings and plastics
- mercury – found in chlorine gas and caustic soda production and thermometers
- arsenic – used in wood preserver and pesticides
- uranium – used in nuclear energy and weapons
Workplaces affected include dentistry, pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy production, the agricultural industry and many manufacturing industries.
Duty of care
Employers have a duty to protect employees from the dangers of hazardous substances and are required to:
- carry out a risk assessment to identify the hazards
- provide control measures such as adequate ventilation and protective clothing
- provide staff instruction and training
- provide monitoring and health surveillance
Signs of a kidney injury include:
- blood in the urine
- pain and bruising in the upper abdomen
- pain from a lower rib fracture
Minor kidney injuries may just cause bruising and will usually heal by themselves.
If kidney injuries are not treated properly, this could result in infection, internal bleeding, high blood pressure or even kidney failure.
If you have suffered an injury to your kidney(s) then please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers to discuss the possibility of bringing a compensation claim on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.