Blood transfusions are life-saving procedures essential to the survival of patients in many different circumstances. In fact, studies indicate that blood transfusions save the lives of approximately five million people annually; and that 20% of hospital patients require transfusions.
The most likely recipients of blood transfusions include trauma victims, organ-transplant patients, heart surgery patients, patients treating for certain cancers, and mothers delivering their babies via C-section. Not surprisingly, almost all blood transfusions take place in operating rooms, emergency rooms, and intensive care units – all of which are busy, high-stress environments.
While there is no question that blood transfusions have life-saving benefits, they can also pose risks to those on the receiving end. When those responsible for the preparation and administration of a transfusion are negligent and fail to follow critical safety protocols and measures, a patient may suffer infection, disease, or death. A Connecticut blood transfusion mistakes lawyer could help an individual recover financially after a malpractice case of this nature.
Blood transfusions involve the infusion of donated blood into a patient’s own blood supply. From start to finish, the process is complex and includes a series of steps:
Mistakes leading to disastrous patient outcomes can happen at any point in the blood transfusion process. Administrative and/or medical negligence may occur in the form of the following blood transfusion mistakes:
Not surprisingly, a blood transfusion mistake is incredibly dangerous; and it may cause severe, permanent injuries and death in a recipient patient. Generally, the injuries caused by blood transfusion errors generally fall into two categories: Infectious and Noninfectious.
If a blood transfusion mistake caused your injuries or the injuries or death of a loved one, the specific facts and evidence of your case will determine any potentially liable parties. Negligent parties can include blood storage facilities, hospitals, and members of the transfusion team, including the supervising physicians (even if they do not physically administer the blood).
As with all medical malpractice cases, establishing liability in a case involving a blood transfusion mistake may be a difficult task. It may not be obvious that a mistake happened and/or who made the mistake. Moreover, it is not always possible to sufficiently prove (i.e., through expert medical opinions and testimony) that: 1) the medical team made the alleged mistake; 2) and that said mistake directly caused harm to the patient.
Our committed medical malpractice legal team has extensive experience reviewing and investigating potential medical malpractice cases and obtaining medical opinions regarding the facts, the applicable standard of medical care, and injury causation.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to a blood transfusion mistake, the medical bills and other expenses may be crippling. You may incur unexpected treatment and rehabilitation costs. Moreover, you can suffer lost income, lost future income, as well as the loss of a loved one’s companionship.
You owe it to yourself and your family to discuss your case with a reputable, experienced attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases. If negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm by another person or company contributed to or is the direct cause of your injuries, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your losses. Contact a Connecticut blood transfusion mistakes lawyer to get started.