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Information you need to know about faulty blood transfusions

Personal Injury ManchesterBlood transfusions are delicate procedures as, if performed poorly, can result in serious injury or death in recipients. Have you suffered from an ill-performed blood transfusion? Maybe a loved one didn’t pull through as a result? If so, we want to know about it. Contact a member of our team today and see how we can win 100% of the compensation you deserve. 

Read below: everything you need to know about blood transfusion compensation claims. Any questions? Contact a member of our team now on 0800 699 0079 and speak to the experts. 

In situations where a blood transfusion is necessary, generally the patient is undergoing an emergency life or death situation.

Blood is transfused in order to keep the person’s level of blood from reaching the critical low point which would kill the individual. Where it is true that blood transfusions can be scheduled (such as with the treatment of sickle cell, anaemia, or thalassaemia treatment), most cases are a result of injury and necessity. Because of this, a person may not be able to relate information about his or her blood type and conditions to the doctor, medical staff, or practitioner. It is therefore critical that the professional staff take measures to minimise the risk of injury or death from negligence.

Ways in which negligence can occur during a blood transfusion

Blood must be handled and transfused according to strict procedures in order to reduce the risk of contamination. Negligence occurs typically for one of 5 reasons. They are:

  • The blood was not stored properly resulting in contaminants growing in the blood.
  • Blood was not tested properly prior to storage and has contaminants (such as Hepatitis C, HIV, or another blood disease)
  • The patient was given the wrong blood type
  • A patient was misdiagnosed against having anaemia which resulted in the need for a blood transfusion
  • Negligence was performed during the transfusion process

In the cases above, most of these scenarios have fatal consequences. Cases which do not result in fatality can have lifelong effects such as brain damage, lack of muscle use, the development of Hepatitis C, or AIDS from HIV contaminated blood.

Should you file a Blood Transfusion Compensation Claim?

In the event of developing a lifelong blood disease as a result of receiving a blood transfusion which contained contaminated blood, you have grounds for a compensation claim.

All blood should be tested prior to being stored in any “blood bank”. The law requires that certain testing be done on every sample. Blood which has such contaminants which are transfused have not been properly tested or the test was misdiagnosed.

If you have had a loved one receive a blood transfusion which resulted in his or her death as a result of wrongly identifying the blood type, then you may have grounds for a claim. Medical staff, practitioners, doctors, and other professionals should not go on the “word” of anyone (including the patient) as to their blood type, but take a sample of the blood and diagnose it. In emergency situations where the blood type is unknown and an immediate transfusion is needed then Blood type O which is known as the universal blood donor type should have been used to minimize the risk of complications.

Anyone who has been misdiagnosed as not being anaemic and has undergone a blood transfusion as a result of the misdiagnosis, especially if that person had to undergo an emergency blood transfusion, hay have grounds for a claim.

Considerations

Where it is unfortunate, there are some emergency situations where the doctor does not have access to the needed documentation and does the best that he or she can to keep a person alive. These instances are very rare but do occur (such as in terrorist attacks and natural disasters where immediate response is needed). There is a difference between negligence and accidental error.

Contact a member of the Tylers Solicitors team for legal advice and see which category your case falls into.

Compensation claims, especially those which revolve around neglect and malpractice, have stipulations and time restrictions placed upon them by the courts. The sooner you start the filing process the more apt you are to have a successful outcome. Please note that compensation is not guaranteed for any case as there are a number of factors including the duration of the pain, the severity of the neglect, and the person filing the claim, which determine the outcome.

You are always advised to seek the diagnosis of a medical professional if you believe that you have been the victim of neglect. If you believe that the neglect was from your local doctor, medical staff, nurse, or practitioner, you are advised to seek professional treatment at another location.

Those which are currently undergoing treatment for sickle cell or anaemia should continue treatment and the advice of the doctor, medical staff, nurse, or practitioner. If you believe that your treatment is in error, you should seek a second professional opinion. Failure to follow the advice of a medical professional can result in serious injury or death.

Have you or a loved one suffered from blood transfusion negligence? Tylers Solicitors can help.

If you believe that you have been the victim of negligence or if a loved one has suffered from the negligence of a professional during a blood transfusion which resulted in serious injury or death, please contact us.

Our team of professionals will evaluate your case one on one with you and help you determine what options are available to get the compensation that you deserve.

Contact Tylers solicitors today for more information on blood transfusion compensation claims now on 0800 699 0079 for impartial advice.

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