During a blood transfusion, blood from a healthy donor is taken and given to a recipient who is suffering from an illness or to replace blood that has been lost, either through surgery, childbirth or an accident. There are also many disorders which require blood transfusions such as anaemia. Any blood donated in the UK is rigorously tested to ensure that potential recipients are not infected by a virus like Hepatitis C. The blood donated is sorted into type. The recipient who requires a transfusion will have their own blood type checked and will receive the equivalent to ensure that the blood is not rejected by the body. Blood transfusions save many lives and are beneficial to treat those who may have a blood disorder.
Could there be a blood transfusion error?
The majority of blood transfusions are carried out successfully and have massive health benefits to those who require them. Patients do have the right to refuse a transfusion if they have doubts but it is usually recommended that a patient undergoes the procedure, particularly if they are suffering from something life-threatening. In rare cases, blood transfusions may have adverse effects on the recipient. The risks of a blood transfusion include:
- Receiving the wrong blood type causing rejection, illness or fatality
- Receiving blood contaminated with an infectious agent
The infectious agent could be a bacterial infection or a virus. Although blood is tested for any infections when it is taken from a donor, this still poses some risk and the infection could be transferred to the recipient. In both cases, it is likely that someone was negligent therefore you have the right to make a claim for compensation if you suffer due to a botched transfusion.
How to file your claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping victims of negligence to claim compensation from the party at fault. If you have become ill due to a blood transfusion error, you may be able to win a cash sum with our help. Just give our free 24-hour phone line a call to speak to one of our experts regarding your case and we will take you step by step through the process of claiming. Our no win, no fee* policy means you will always benefit financially from making a claim with us and won’t have to worry about upfront costs.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown