Blood transfusion is the process of administering blood into a patient that has been taken from a donor. There are many reasons blood transfusions are carried out. Generally, it plays an essential part in improving treatment and saving lives of patients who have lost blood during an accident.
Unfortunately, blood transfusions can go wrong.
The main risk in receiving a blood transfusion is receiving the wrong blood type and/or infected blood. Safeguards are in place in all hospitals to ensure that mistakes do not happen. However, sometimes these safeguards fail and mistakes happen. When this does occur it can have serious or even fatal consequences.
If you have been given the wrong blood type and have suffered an illness or injury because of this, it is normally considered to be negligent and a claim can be brought.
In cases where a transfusion is given using contaminated blood from someone who has a blood borne virus, the recipient may then contract that illness. Examples of these illnesses include HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B.
In a clinical/medical negligence claim it is important to show not only that there has been negligence on the part of the hospital or medical practitioner involved, but also that this has caused some form of injury to the patient. Some side effects of receiving a blood transfusion are perfectly normal and an expected part of receiving this treatment. If you are unsure if the treatment was carried out safely and appropriately call us now and we can discuss your concerns and advise you appropriately.
Swain & Co Solicitors are specialists in medical/clinical negligence claims.
"If you or someone you know has suffered harm as a result of a blood transfusion, you may be able to make a claim for compensation."
To discuss your individual circumstances call Melanie Lidstone-Land 023 92 483322.