Blood Transfusion Injuries
Undergoing a blood transfusion can be a very harrowing experience. Errors and serious medical malpractice can lead to significant physical and financial harm, and in the worst-case scenario, result in
wrongful death. At Bostwick & Peterson LLP, a Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for the harm that has befallen you or your loved one as a result of a blood transfusion related injury.
Infectious and Noninfectious Risks in a Blood Transfusion
The risks associated with blood transfusion usually fall into two distinct categories: infectious and noninfectious risks. The injuries that could result from these risks can be life-threatening and usually result from some level of medical negligence. Patient misidentification, administration errors, issuing the wrong blood, incorrectly storing the blood, and sample errors can all lead to very serious risks for those who require a blood transfusion.
Medical professionals receive high levels of training in order to avoid these mistakes. Even with advanced training and years or intense study and practice, injuries resulting from blood transfusions are common. You should not have to pay the serious price for another individual's mistakes. In the past, our firm has won over $500 million in compensation for our clients. Named as both SuperLawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country, you can rest assured that when you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring one of the best in the country.
Contacting a Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Contaminated instruments and blood samples can easily lead to the transmission of infectious agents, such as harmful bacteria, viruses, and even parasites. Despite intensive preventative strategies, blood transfusion patients run the risk of contracting highly infectious viruses such as hepatitis and HIV. Noninfectious risks including iron overload, hypocalcaemia, hypothermia, hemoglobinuria, and hyperkalemia, while not life-threatening, can still cause an individual significant pain and discomfort. Other more serious risks, such as circulatory overload and air embolus, are easily avoidable if medical personnel follow the proper procedures. Mistakes will be made, and when they do, you should hire a malpractice attorney to assist you in seeking compensation without delay.
Blood transfusion injuries can be serious, contact a Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneyif you have suffered harm after receiving a blood transfusion.