Did you know that you could be entitled to a blood transfusion claim? Could you be one of the many people affected by the contaminated blood scandal?
Thousands of people around the world receive blood transfusions every day often following a major loss of blood as a result of trauma or during surgery. Blood is also transfused to treat other disorders such as haemophilia, anaemia or other blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia.
A blood transfusion is a lifesaving form of treatment and should be safe for the patient however errors can be made which have catastrophic effects upon the patient and their families.
The most common errors made whilst providing a blood transfusion are:
- Incorrect blood type being transfused resulting in an ABO incompatibility reaction – This is rare however can still happen and the consequences are serious and potentially life threatening.
Your immune system will attack the transfused blood cells and try to destroy them. If you have suffered from an ABO incompatibility reaction, within minutes you will exhibit symptoms such as fever, breathing difficulties, chest, stomach or back pain, jaundice or possibly nausea.
Immediate treatment has to be provided and will generally involve admission to the intensive care unit and the administration of IV medication.
- Contaminated blood being used. – This is the most common error that is made despite screening tests being in place.
Contaminated or infected blood that is given to a patient has resulted in serious infections being contracted. Such infections include Hepatitis A, B or C, HIV and Human T-cell lymphotrophic viruses (HTLVs) amongst others.
If you believe that you have suffered following a blood transfusion, our experienced lawyers could help you claim compensation that you deserve.
Compensation claims include:
- Being treated with contaminated blood
- Receiving a transfusion in error
- Incorrect blood type being transfused
- Receiving a transfusion without consent.
If you or a family member have been injured or have suffered following a transfusion, the next important step is finding a solicitor who understands you and what you have been through. We are all too aware of the devastating and life changing consequences that errors made during a blood transfusion can have and we are onside to help.
Here at Michael Lewin Solicitors, we pride ourselves on having a high level of expertise, exception service and the sensitive nature within which we will handle your claim.
It is easy to find out whether you have a potential claim and our specialist team of medical negligence experts will be able to talk through your circumstances and provide a free opinion instantly.
We work vigorously to ensure that compensation is awarded, not only for your pain and suffering but also for the cost of future treatment, rehabilitation, care costs and loss of earnings. We work with you and for you to help you get what you deserve.