Sometimes when we suffer a physical trauma, whether that be in a road accident or perhaps complications arising from surgery, it is possible that a blood transfusion will be needed. Despite being a life-saving procedure, it can sometimes lead to further complications, which may have fatal consequences.
If you have been affected by a poorly performed blood transfusion, then you may be able to use the services of an injury lawyer in Withernsea to file a compensation claim on the grounds of clinical negligence.
What is a blood transfusion?
A blood transfusion is the process of transferring an amount of blood from one individual to another. Blood is usually only ever taken from healthy individuals who have been appropriately screened, then given to patients who are in desperate need of it.
What can go wrong?
While in the vast majority of cases having a blood transfusion is perfectly safe, every once in a while something can go wrong. If it does go wrong in your case, then you may be entitled to file a compensation claim with an injury lawyer in Withernsea.
There are two main ways in which a blood transfusion can go wrong:
- Receiving the wrong blood – You may not know what blood type you are, but that is not a problem as prior to receiving a blood transfusion your blood should be tested, even if it is recorded on your medical notes. This should safeguard against you receiving the wrong type of blood. However, mistakes do sometimes happen — perhaps the wrong box is ticked, or a blood bag is mislabeled. Receiving the wrong blood can have fatal consequences, and mistakes of this nature are almost always regarded as clinical negligence, which means you would be able to make a compensation claim.
- Receiving infected blood – As mentioned previously, blood donors should be appropriately screened prior to giving blood, and the donated blood should be further tested and checked before it is released for transfusion. This testing and screening should eliminate the possibility of blood infected with HIV or hepatitis B or C being available for transfusion. However, again mistakes can happen, and this will undoubtedly put the receiving patient at risk of developing these diseases and being affected by the complications associated with them.
How to file a claim through an injury lawyer in Withernsea
If you are concerned that either yourself or someone you know has been affected by a poorly performed blood transfusion, then the best thing you can do is contact Accident Advice Helpline and ask for some free legal advice. We have a dedicated freephone helpline which is open 24/7 and can be reached by dialing 0800 689 0500. Our advisors are there to take your call and will answer any questions you have about the eligibility of your claim and what steps you can take next.
Alternatively, you can take our 30-second test which will tell you if you are able to make a compensation claim in Withernsea, and how much you are likely to receive in financial compensation. Should you decide to proceed with your compensation claim, then you will be assigned one of our in-house solicitors who will provide you with legal guidance and be with you every step of the way as you make your claim.
Date Published: 23rd October 2013
Author: David Brown