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Blood Transfusion Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Stephen Bishop. Last Updated 18th August 2021. This is our updated guide to blood transfusion compensation claims. In this guide, you can learn more about when and how to make blood transfusion claims.

A blood transfusion is a procedure that involves one person (a donor) giving blood to someone else. A transfusion may be required if someone experiences significant blood loss following an accident, childbirth or surgery. Blood transfusions may also be given to treat certain conditions such as sickle cell disease, haemophilia or certain types of cancer.

We often think of blood transfusions as life-saving procedures that occurs only to the most poorly patients in the worst circumstances. And whilst they undoubtedly do save lives they are not without dangers of their own.

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  1. Incompatible Blood Transfusion
  2. Contaminated Blood Compensation
  3. What is the Contaminated Blood scandal?
  4. What kind of blood transfusion compensation claims can be lodged?
  5. What would happen if someone received the wrong Rh factor?
  6. Why does compensation for blood transfusion vary?
  7. Claiming against the NHS or Private Hospital for blood transfusion compensation – What you need to know
  8. No Win No Fee compensation for Blood transfusion
  9. Call Legal Expert for Free Advice on compensation for blood transfusion
  10. Helpful Links
  11. What Are The Consequences Of Negligent Or Contaminated Blood Transfusions?
  12. Blood Transfusion Compensation Calculator

Incompatible Blood Transfusion

Thankfully wrong blood transfusion cases are rare but have you ever considered what would happen if someone received the wrong Rh factor? Or if a patient has type B blood, if they received a transfusion of type AB blood what would happen?

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The answer is you would undergo an abo incompatibility reaction or hemolytic transfusion caused by your blood attacking the incompatible blood. Blood is sorted into four types – A, B, AB and O and can also be classified as Rh Positive or Rh Negative. Blood that does not match your blood type will be rejected by your body.

So it is important to know if you have type A blood which types of blood can you safely be transfused with.

Have you been harmed by an incompatible blood transfusion? If so, contact us about making a blood transfusion compensation claim today. 

Contaminated Blood Compensation

We also expect that a blood transfusion will provide us with clean blood. But by reading about contaminated blood news we learn that sometimes people are unwittingly given blood diseases by blood transfusion. Naturally, there is compensation for a blood transfusion that results in conditions caused by contamination. There is an infected blood payment scheme administered by the Government if you received a transfusion before September 1991. This is not only a Hep C compensation fund – it covers those affected by HIV as well. It is mainly intended to provide victims of the tainted blood scandal compensation who received blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

What is the Contaminated Blood scandal?

In the 1970s the NHS imported quantities of blood products known as Factor VIII and Factor IX. The contaminated blood news reports indicate that it was caused by unsafe manufacturing practices, meaning that one infected individual could infect as many as 60,000 other donations in the same batch. No individual organisation admitted responsibility and the UK Government created a fund to help with the living costs of those affected. The Contaminated Blood Compensation latest news is that this fund was overhauled in 2016 following widespread calls for reform.

Compensation for contaminated blood victims also includes those affected with other blood borne diseases such as vCJD. This contaminated blood latest scandal affects only a small handful of people and procedures are in place to prevent further infections. You can contact us about contaminated blood transfusion compensation clams.

What kind of blood transfusion compensation claims can be lodged?

Compensation for Blood Transfusion is a difficult issue. Patients who are receiving blood transfusions are often seriously ill so it is necessary to be sure that the blood transfusion is to blame.

Wrong blood transfusion cases and compensation for contaminated blood victims are the most common types of claims. You can contact us to learn more about blood transfusion compensation claims.

What would happen if someone received the wrong Rh factor?

Unfortunately for Mr A this is exactly what happened to him. Mr A suffers from Sickle Cell Anaemia which requires regular blood transfusions to treat. On the occasion in question, he was transfused with 3 units of group B Rh- blood when he is of blood type o Rh+. Mr A’s body identified the antibodies in the transfused blood as foreign and started attacking it.

Mr A suffered severe pain, tremors, vomiting, fever and a burning sensation. He drifted in and out of consciousness before the transfusion was halted and the error noticed. Mr A required transfer to the Intensive Care Unit at University College Hospital, London for remedial treatment.

Although he has made a gradual recovery from his physical symptoms his underlying anaemia is a life-long condition that requires further transfusions. Mr A now suffers from psychiatric problems which affect him day to day, and extreme anxiety when faced with the prospect of another transfusion. His claim is still progressing.

Why does compensation for blood transfusion vary?

You can claim for contaminated blood compensation, incorrect transfusion (for example if a patient has type b blood, if they received a transfusion of type ab blood what would happen), if they have been given a transfusion without consent or unnecessarily. The effects of each event vary so the level of compensation is calculated according to how badly affect you have been by the action.

Claiming against the NHS or Private Hospital for blood transfusion compensation – What you need to know

If you think you have been affected by a blood transfusion, whether you are looking for tainted blood scandal compensation or believe you didn’t give permission for a transfusion you should take legal advice before proceeding.

Depending on the nature of your claim you may simply need to fill in some forms to be eligible for a payout – for example from a Hep C compensation fund. Negligence claims will need investigating and may well show up a deficiency in the system. In the case of Mr A it was discovered that two other transfusions had occurred where blood of the wrong type had been given. It was also discovered that an automated warning had been over-ridden and nurses had not fully followed procedures that should have ensured his safety.

No Win No Fee compensation for Blood transfusion

Talking to us is completely free. If we think you have a valid claim we will take on your case at no cost to yourself – all the legal fees will be included in the claim meaning you will never be out of pocket.

Call Legal Expert for Free Advice on compensation for blood transfusion

we hope our guide to blood transfusion claims has helped you. So what have you got to lose? Call us now on 0800 073 8804 or use our online chat to speak to a legal expert with over 30 years of experience in compensation claims today. We could have you make a blood transfusion compensation claim.

Helpful Links

The Infected Blood Support Scheme

In this guide, you can learn more about support schemes for people affected by contaminated or infected blood transfusions.

Hemolytic transfusion

Whether you’re seeking compensation for blood transfusion errors, or just want to learn more about transfusion, this site should help.

Infected Blood Payment Scheme

The Infected blood payment scheme details can be found here.

Contaminated blood compensation latest news

If you would like to keep up to date with developments on contaminated blood compensation, read above.

Medical Negligence Guide

This guide pertaining to medical negligence could help if you are looking for compensation for a blood transfusion error.

Hospital Negligence Compensation Claims

This is our updated guide to claiming compensation for negligence in a hospital.

Medical Negligence Resulting In Death

This is our updated guide to claiming compensation for fatal medical negligence. Victims Could make fatal blood transfusion claims.

How to Prove Medical Negligence in A Compensation Case?

This guide explains in detail what methods you could potentially follow to gather strong evidence when you have grounds to claim for medical negligence.

What Are The Consequences Of Negligent Or Contaminated Blood Transfusions?

Contaminated blood transfusions (or otherwise negligent blood transfusions) could have serious implications for those affected. You could be left with life-long and life-changing effects. Contaminated blood may carry viruses such as HIV or Hepatitis. In rare instances, people may be given the wrong blood type. This could be fatal for someone.

If you have been harmed by blood transfusion it is important to contact a specialist solicitor.

Blood Transfusion Compensation Calculator

If you have been affected by a negligent or infected blood transfusion, you may wish to learn how much you can claim. In our calculator below, you can check what blood transfusion compensation you may be owed.

Type Of InjuryInformation About The IllnessEstimated Compensation
Kidney Illness / InjuryWhere one kidney is lost but the other is unaffected.£28,880 - £42,110
Kidney Illness / InjuryNatural function is lost in one kidney. The other is unaffected. There may be a future risk of a future UTI.maximin £60,050
Kidney Illness / InjurySerious and permanent kidney damage. This could include the loss of two kidneys.£158,970 - £197,480
Lung Illness / DiseaseWher ethe persons recovers within a short period of time (a few months).£2,070 - £5,000
Lung Illness / DiseaseCompensation could be based on the degree of anxiety the person sufferes.£5,000 - £16,980
Lung Illness / DiseaseNo impact on working life. Permanent recovery within a couple of years.£9,990 - £19,510
Lung Illness / DiseaseThe lung ddammage will have little impact on the persons working or social life.£19,510 - £29,380
Lung Illness / DiseaseThe person will have breathing issues. The claimant could have to regularly use an inhaler.£29,380 - £51,460
Lung Illness / DiseaseThis causes significant lung function issies. The person could have restricted ability to carry out physical activities and employment.£51,420 - £65,710
Lung Illness / DiseaseThe lung illness could impare the persons quality of life. They could also suffer severe degrees of pain.£65,710 - £91,350
Lung Illness / DiseaseLung injuries causing a premature death.£94,470 - £127,530

The amounts in our blood transfusion claims calculator are based on the latest figures taken from the Judicial College guidelines. These figures show an upper and lower limit of compensation for different types of injury or illness.

When you contact our team we will be able to better assess your degree of injury and harm suffered. Your solicitor could then provide you with a more accurate assessment of how much blood transfusion compensation you may be owed.

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