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Blood Transfusion Compensation Claims

Blood transfusions are typically performed following blood loss from accidents or surgery, or to treat certain medical conditions. While most transfusions are successful and safe, rare complications such as contaminated blood or mismatched blood types can lead to serious, long-lasting health issues. If you’ve been adversely affected by a transfusion, you might be eligible for compensation from the responsible healthcare provider. This page offers essential information to consider before bringing a claim together with details about how our team can assist you.

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Helpful Information

Here at McCarthy + Co, we have many years of experience dealing with a wide variety of medical negligence cases including blood transfusion claims. When you contact our solicitors to discuss your experience, we can help you quickly ascertain if you have a case against the negligent party and the likely compensation that you might be awarded, should you win.

Bringing a blood transfusion compensation claim

If you have received negligent treatment during a blood transfusion, our solicitors should be able to help you to win the compensation you deserve. Scenarios, where we are highly likely to be able to assist you, include the following.

  • You were given the wrong blood type
  • You were treated with contaminated blood and contracted Hepatitis A, B or C or HIV as a result
  • You were given a blood transfusion without your consent
  • You were given a blood transfusion in error

There are extremely high standards set for the manufacturers and suppliers of blood products. It is their duty to ensure that contaminated products do not reach hospitals for use on patients. Equally, hospitals also have a duty of care towards patients, ensuring that they make the correct decisions and apply appropriate treatment options. If either healthcare suppliers, clinics, or hospitals fail in their duty, you are likely to have a case against them. Contact our expert medical negligence team today for further advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions often posed to our medical negligence team.

  • What are the most typical errors that can occur during blood transfusions?

    The most common errors include administering the wrong blood type, allergic reactions, and infections due to contaminated blood products. Additionally, errors can result from improper handling or storage of blood products, leading to the deterioration of blood quality. Another common issue is transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), which can cause severe respiratory distress. Lastly, over-transfusion or volume overload can occur, posing significant risks, especially in patients with existing cardiac or renal conditions. These errors underscore the importance of rigorous checks and balances in transfusion medicine to ensure patient safety.

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  • What must healthcare providers do to minimise risk in blood transfusions?

    They must adhere to strict protocols for blood typing and cross-matching, ensuring compatibility between donor and recipient. Rigorous screening of blood products for infectious agents is crucial, as is maintaining proper storage and handling procedures to preserve blood quality. Implementing a double-check system involving multiple healthcare professionals can reduce human error. Patient monitoring during and after transfusion is essential to promptly identify and manage adverse reactions. Education on transfusion practices and continuous quality improvement measures further contribute to enhancing the safety and efficacy of blood transfusions.

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  • How do I go about bringing a claim relating to a blood transfusion?

    You will need to consult a legal professional specialising in medical negligence. They will assess the specifics of your case, including any harm suffered due to negligence or errors in the transfusion procedure. Your solicitor will guide you through the legal process, involving the collection of medical records, expert testimonies, and evidence of damages. Initiating a legal claim requires compliance with specific time limits, so prompt action is essential. The legal proceedings aim to prove negligence and secure compensation for medical costs, suffering, and other related damages.

Start your blood transfusion negligence claim

If you have suffered due to negligent medical treatment and would like further advice on bringing a blood transfusion claim, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience, McCarthy + Co. has brought many successful medical negligence claims against negligent healthcare providers including those that have carried out contaminated blood transfusions. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

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