If you have had major surgery at any time in the past, you will have usually needed a blood transfusion to replace any blood lost during the incident leading to the surgery, or during the operation itself. Despite the introduction of blood screening, infections such as hepatitis C and even HIV have been later discovered to be in blood given to surgical patients, and this lack of care in the checking and administration process can result in a contaminated blood compensation claim.
Haemophiliacs – people suffering from a genetic blot clotting disability – are constantly at potential risk from the blood they receive and, as many of the symptoms of hepatitis C or HIV may take many years (sometimes decades) to come to light, it can be a very long time until a victim realises that they have received contaminated blood and can make a contaminated blood compensation claim.
Making a Contaminated Blood Compensation Claim
Patients or haemophiliacs who have received contaminated blood have up to two years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make a contaminated blood compensation claim. As symptoms of diseases caused by contaminated blood may not only take years to manifest, but can also frequently look like other afflictions (hepatitis C and alcoholism may both be responsible for cirrhosis of the liver), misdiagnosis is frequent amongst people who have been made ill by contaminated blood.
Therefore, if you feel that an illness you are currently suffering from, or have suffered within the last two years, is related to contaminated blood you have received, it is in your best interests to consult with a specialist solicitor. Although a contaminated blood compensation claim may not be able to restore your health, it can partially make up for the diminished quality of life that you may now be experiencing.
Should you have any questions about how a solicitor can help you with a contaminated blood compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call our free advice telephone service for some helpful advice on what contributes a contaminated blood compensation claim and to find out if you are eligible to make one.
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- 100% Every call we receive is treated in the greatest confidence
- 100% You will receive one-to-one consultation with an experienced solicitor
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- 100% There is no pressure or obligation for you to proceed with a claim
What You Can Expect to Happen
Our solicitors understand that the realisation that you have been the recipient of contaminated blood many years after the event is an extremely distressing one, so your call to us is treated with the utmost courtesy and consideration.
We will ask you to provide details of how you believe you were infected with contaminated blood, and how it has affected you subsequently. You are free to ask as many questions along the way as you wish and our solicitor will attempt to answer them for you.
Our solicitor will also try to ascertain as quickly as possible whether you have a sufficiently strong case to make a contaminated blood compensation claim worth your while. If so, they will advise you on the best ways to proceed and how long you can expect the process to take.
You do not have to make a decision immediately, nor are under any obligation to act on the suggestions we make. You may want to discuss your options with your family before deciding whether to proceed and we respect that. Indeed, we invite you to call back if you have any further questions.
Our lines are open from 8.00am and 10.00pm on 1800 989 850 and both the call and advice are free. You have nothing to lose or be apprehensive of when calling our service, in fact even if we cannot help you with a contaminated blood compensation claim, you will at least come away a little wiser. We look forward to hearing from you.
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