A blood transfusion involves taking blood from one person (a donor) and giving it someone else.
The main reasons it is likely you may have needed to have a blood transfusion are:
- To replace blood lost during major surgery, an accident or child birth;
- To treat anaemia;
- To treat blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia.
Whilst blood transfusions are generally very safe, things can go wrong. The main two errors which can occur when carrying out a transfusion are:
- Being given the wrong blood type – the consequences of this can be fatal and therefore there are many safeguards in place to prevent this from happening. Nevertheless on occasion this does occur and can result in severe injury or death.
- Infected blood – whilst blood is screened for infections such as HIV or hepatitis there have been instances of patients contracting serious infections as a result of receiving infected blood.
If you think that you may have suffered an injury as a result of failures with a blood transfusion you may be entitled to compensation.
We at Freemans have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of Clinical Negligence claims. We know that injuries resulting from problems with blood transfusions care can have devastating and long lasting consequences on patients and their families. Using our knowledge and expertise we will ensure that your claim is investigated fully in a sensitive manner. We will work tirelessly to ensure you are not only compensated for the pain and losses caused by your injuries but that you also receive support and any further treatment and rehabilitation you may need.
Please call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation in relation to your claim or complete our website enquiry form.