Lawsuits for compensation for patients with E. coli and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) should include amounts for future medical expenses and the related future pain and suffering. Long after patients “recover” from HUS, they can be plagued with medical problems because there are serious long-term consequences of hemolytic uremic syndrome kidney failure.
People with kidney damage resulting from hemolytic uremic syndrome require medical care for the rest of their lives. They face a much greater risk of kidney failure, dialysis, kidney transplantation, life-threatening high blood pressure, and related problems. The cost of medication is often enormous. These problems also affect the person’s ability to work often resulting in significant loss of earnings and earning capacity. Not surprisingly, studies show that the person’s quality of life is greatly reduced as well.
According to a study conducted by the University of Utah and reported by Associated Press:
Ten to 20 years after they recover, up to half of HUS survivors will have some kidney-caused problem, said Dr. Andrew Pavia, the university’s pediatric infectious diseases chief. That includes failing kidneys, high blood pressure caused by scarred kidneys, even end-stage kidney failure that requires dialysis. . . . People who suffered a life-threatening E. coli complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome — which most commonly strikes children — have a high enough risk for later kidney-caused problems that the University of Utah recommends a yearly exam for them in hopes of catching brewing illness early.
The yearly exam should include the following, according to the University of Utah:
- Blood pressure check. Subtle kidney scarring could cause high blood pressure early in life.
- A urine exam to check for protein, an early sign of kidney damage.
- A blood test to measure kidney function.
Because future medical expenses from HUS is almost a certainty, if your child has been sickened, you need an E. coli lawyer who has HUS lawsuit and who understands the need for compensation for future medical expenses, lost income, and future pain and suffering. You can call 1-888-377-8900 to contact our E. coli outbreak law firm and talk to one of our lead lawyers for these cases, Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm.
1. Lauran Neergaard, Years later, food poison can bite anew, Associated Press, January 22, 2008.