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If you are looking to make a claim for compensation for a blood transfusion negligence, our specialist solicitors may be able to assist.

The lawyers at First Personal Injury are on-hand to discuss your potential claim. Call us on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online.

Blood Transfusions

In the UK there are around 3 million blood transfusions per year. Usually, donated blood is separated into red cells, plasma and platelets. Each type can then be used for treating various conditions.

Blood transfusions are used to replace lost blood after an accident, surgery, childbirth, anaemia or blood disorders.

Although the UK has one of the safest blood supply systems, mistakes can occur which can lead to severe consequences for patients. Injuries may include:

  • Fluid overload
  • Receiving contaminated blood (containing Hepatitis or HIV etc)
  • Receiving the wrong blood type
  • Received a transfusion in error
  • Received a transfusion without consent

Blood Contamination and Injuries

Blood donors are screened for risk of exposure to infection and donations are tested for HIV and Hepatitis before being allowed to be used.

Contaminated blood often occurs when an infection is overlooked or during the screening processes negligence occurred. If you have been affected by a transfusion you may have a claim due to contracting an infection or blood poisoning.

You could also receive the wrong blood type during a transfusion. If this happens, your immune system may attack the blood cells, also known as haemolytic transfusion reaction. This can happen immediately or up to a week after the transfusion and the body will reject the blood.

Fluid overloading is another serious circumstance which can occur when too much blood is transfused too quickly. The body can’t properly cope with the amount of fluid and it the heart may be unable to pump blood around the body. This usually coincides with swelling and breathing difficulties.

If you believe that you have been negatively affected by a blood transfusion, you should seek urgent legal advice.

After a medical negligence solicitor has confirmed that you have a valid case, they will begin to investigate your claim. The compensation awarded will differ case-by-case depending on the circumstances surrounding your injuries and the infections that you may have.

Claiming compensation for blood transfusion negligence

If you believe that you have a blood transfusion claim then it is advisable to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as you can.

At First Personal Injury our team of no win no fee solicitors have experience in dealing with all kinds of different medical negligence claims. We understand the difficult circumstances associated with making a claim whilst recovering or suffering from infections. Our team will guide you through the legal process as quickly and simply as possible while also getting you the result you deserve.

Contact First Personal Injury to discuss your claim today on 0800 808 9740 or, alternatively, fill out our online form.

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