Negligent Blood Transfusion
Blood transfusions are performed for various reasons, such as; massive blood loss during surgery or trauma, severe heart or lung disease, bone marrow failure, low hemoglobin, and anemia. However, mistakes during the procedure can lead to severe injuries, and in some cases even death. Studies show that close to 15 people in the U.S. die annually due to blood transfusion errors and thousands more suffer serious illnesses.
For patients in need of a blood transfusion, it is imperative that any blood received is the correct type and has been properly screened for diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis. Unfortunately, the leading cause of blood transfusion injuries is doctor or medical staff negligence. Some of the circumstances that may promote negligence and cause blood transfusion injuries or illnesses are:
- Storage of blood for multiple patients in same refrigerator
- Insufficient orientation and training of staff members
- Multiple transfusions being performed at once
- Incorrect blood ID and labeling mistakes
- Failure to recognize signs or symptoms of a transfusion reaction
- Improper communication with caregiver
- Lack of informed consent for the blood transfusion
In any event, when medical negligence or malpractice is the cause of blood transfusion injuries or death, the doctor, hospital and other at fault medical staff members can and should be held responsible.
If you or a loved one has sustained a blood transfusion injury because of medical negligence or medical malpractice, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Please contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm, P.C, to speak with our experienced New York Medical Malpractice attorney and learn your rights.
Professional Legal Representation
At The Fitzgerald Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to representing people who have fallen victim to medical negligence and medical malpractice. Our New York medical malpractice attorney understands how devastating an injury can be and is committed to pursuing the rightful compensation to help cope with the aftermath of such medical injuries and damages. We will take the necessary time to investigate your case, determine the cause of the injury, and arduously work to obtain compensation for medical expenses, loss of potential income, pain and suffering and other damages.
Blood transfusion errors often have catastrophic consequences. If you believe you may have fallen victim to medical negligence or if you know of someone who has suffered from medical malpractice, please contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm, P.C., and let our team of New York medical malpractice attorneys help you pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.