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If You Or A Loved One Suffered Injuries Or Death Because Of Kidney Transplant Delays, You Might Be Eligible For Justice And Compensation

A biased test kept thousands of Black people from getting a kidney transplant—now, more than 14,000 Black kidney transplant candidates are given credit for lost waiting time.

A once widely used test overestimated how well Black people's kidneys were functioning, making them look healthier than they were, and could delay diagnosis of organ failure.

The National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology pushed hospitals to use race-free equations in calculating kidney function.

The U.S. organ transplant network gave hospitals a year to uncover which Black kidney candidates should have been referred sooner.

More than 2,800 Black kidney transplant candidates had their wait times modified by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Race which puts people of color at a disadvantage, is still used in many medical decisions, including:

  • Treatment guidelines;
  • Diagnostic tests; and,
  • Risk calculators.

Change is beginning, slowly, with the American Heart Association removing race from a commonly used calculator of people's heart disease risk.

The kidney saga is unique because it is an effort to remedy a past wrong.

Race isn't a biological factor like age, sex, or weight, but somehow it did enter calculations of kidney function.

In 1999, an equation used to calculate eGFR was modified to adjust Black people's results compared to everyone else.

Not every Black kidney candidate was affected by UNOS' mandated lookback.

Transplant center staff often work after hours and weekends to hunt down years-old records for a test that, recalculated without the race adjustment, might make the difference.

For example, Jazmine Evans was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 17, started dialysis, and was placed on the transplant list. 

When her old lab tests were unearthed, the transplant center found she should have qualified for a kidney transplant in 2015.

Evans, who eventually got a new kidney and is healthy again, said the policy change was necessary to bring more equity and equality into the medical field.

We encourage those who suffered injuries or death because of kidney transplant delays to request a free, private case review which could result in finally obtaining justice and potential compensation for damages.

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Inaccurate And Biased Tests Kept Thousands Of Black People From Getting Kidney Transplants

We believe those victims who suffered injuries or death because of kidney transplant delays delayed due to Inaccurate and biased tests should be eligible for justice and compensation.

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More Than 2,800 Black Kidney Transplant Candidates Had Their Wait Times Modified By The United Network For Organ Sharing

Victims who suffered injuries or death because of kidney transplant delays delayed due to Inaccurate and biased tests should have every opportunity to address the healthcare organizations that exposed them to significant personal injury in court and get the compensation and justice they deserve.

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Details On The Initiative Mandating Hospitals To Use Race-Free Equations In Calculating Kidney Function

What motivated the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology to begin pushing hospitals to use race-free equations in calculating kidney function?

A once widely used test overestimated how well Black patient's kidneys were functioning, making them look healthier than they were, and often delayed the correct diagnosis of organ failure—now, more than 14,000 Black kidney transplant candidates are given credit for lost waiting time.

Race which puts people of color at a disadvantage, is still used in many medical decisions, including:

  • Treatment guidelines;
  • Implant qualification;
  • Vaccine qualification;
  • Diagnostic tests; and,
  • Risk calculators.

The kidney saga is unique because it is an effort to remedy a past wrong:

  • In 1999, an equation used to calculate eGFR was modified to adjust Black people's results compared to everyone else.
  • Race isn't a biological factor like age, sex, or weight, but somehow it did enter calculations of kidney function.
  • Not every Black kidney candidate was affected by UNOS' mandated lookback.

Compensation Begins With A Free Online Case Review

We encourage those who suffered injuries or death because of kidney transplant delays to request a free, private case review which could result in finally obtaining justice and potential compensation for damages.

Kidney Transplant Delay FAQ: Questions About Kidney Transplant Delays For Black Patients

What is the primary cause of kidney transplant delays for black patients?

A once widely used test overestimated how well Black people's kidneys were functioning, making them look healthier than they were, and could delay diagnosis of organ failure.

How were the test results used in a racially disparaging way?

These test results often overestimated how well Black people's kidneys were functioning, making them look healthier than they were, and could delay the diagnosis of organ failure.

How are transplant centers and medical facilities working to make a change?

Transplant center staff often work after hours and weekends to hunt down years-old records for a test that, recalculated without the race adjustment, might make the difference.

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