Nephrology Expert Witnesses
The best in the field for legal cases involving kidney injuries and nephrology malpractice
Nephrology is the medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases and disorders related to the kidneys. Nephrologists are physicians who care for patients with kidney diseases, such as kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and nephrotic syndrome. They are also experts in managing kidney-related complications in conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like lupus.
Patients are referred to nephrology specialists for various reasons, such as:
- Acute renal failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- Disorders of acid/base or electrolytes
In the United States, nephrologists must complete a medical degree (MD or DO), a three-year residency in internal medicine, and a two- to three-year fellowship in nephrology. Board Certification in Nephrology is administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Many nephrologists are also affiliated with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), which is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the study of kidney disease.
The importance of a nephrologist as an expert witness
In medical malpractice cases involving mismanagement of kidney disease or misdiagnosis of kidney disorders, a nephrologist can testify regarding the standard of care and offer a professional opinion on whether the defendant healthcare provider met that standard. A nephrologist can also testify regarding the kidney damage resulting from malpractice and the long-term prognosis for the patient.
Many types of accidents can cause injury to the kidneys, including car accidents, work injuries, and sports injuries. In those situations, a nephrologist can be an invaluable expert witness. A Board-Certified nephrology specialist can determine the extent of the kidney injury and offer an opinion on whether it was caused by the accident or a pre-existing medical condition. Nephrologists can opine on the long-term outlook for a patient with a kidney injury or kidney disease, including the likelihood of needing dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Find the nephrology expert witness you need
Legal matters involving kidney disease or kidney injuries can be highly complex and hard-fought cases. Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has been working with America’s finest attorneys for decades, and our network includes Board-Certified nephrologists who are available for both consultation and trial testimony. If you are considering a case involving nephrology malpractice or kidney disease, contact us for a free case summary review.