Over 60 students from the University of Derby are seeking damages for fears that botched blood tests may have put them at risk of contracting HIV. The university recently requested that former students, as well as a number of current students, go for a blood test as part of an investigation regarding potential errors into previous vaccinations and blood tests. These were reportedly administered between September 2005 and October 2013 by a specific healthcare worker who reused syringe barrels, potentially exposing students to viruses like Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Although health experts have stated the risk of being exposed was extremely low, the students who were sent the request are said to have suffered stress and worry caused by the incident. Many past students are said to be worried that they have potentially passed on the infection to their children or partners. Many students were sent the news just as the final term was ending, resulting in worry and stress at a time when assessments were being completed. The vaccinations and blood tests were undertaken by students on a variety of healthcare-related courses and were necessary for them to carry out work placements in hospitals and patient care environments.
Botched tests and clinical negligence
The botched blood tests in this case are a form of clinical negligence and the students involved are within their rights to claim for compensation should there be evidence of this. Clinical negligence may come in many forms and can be caused by any healthcare worker tasked with caring for you, diagnosing you or treating you. You may have been subject to a botched treatment or procedure or you may have been misdiagnosed with an illness resulting in complications with your actual condition. You may even have been prescribed medication which you have previously shown an adverse reaction to. If there is evidence someone displayed negligence, you may be entitled to a cash payout.
Getting help with compensation
You can contact a compensation claims firm like Accident Advice Helpline to gain representation during your case. We can help you win a cash payout where there is evidence of clinical negligence on the part of your medical professional, whether it be a GP, a surgeon, a nurse, a careworker or a dental practitioner. Call our free 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice from our team of experts on your case. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures that you will not come under any financial strain if you decide to pursue your case.
Source: Derby Telegraph
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown