If You Contract an Infection After a Blood Transfusion, Kaplan & Lukowski Can Help in Atlanta, GA
Infections after a blood transfusion should not occur. When they do, the person affected is entitled to a lawsuit for wrongful treatment and oversight of medical professionals. While this is a very unfortunate occurrence, rest assured that we do everything in our power to make sure our clients have the best representation and reach a fair settlement.
How Does it Happen?
Getting a blood transfusion is an intimate process that requires the patient to put a lot of trust in the donor and doctor alike. There are many restrictions on who is allowed to give blood that are set in place to provide extra caution against infections. For example, you are not allowed to give blood if you have a fever, are on antibiotics for certain illnesses, have recently received a live vaccine, have been to a country with malaria recently, have gotten a tattoo or been incarcerated recently.
There are also restrictions on people who have had sexually transmitted diseases or various sexual histories. Since medical standards are different around the world, there’s also caution around donors who have lived outside of the U.S. for a number of years. Because these are known risks, doctors are very careful about donors with these qualities. Some are not allowed to donate at all for the safety of patients who receive blood. When an oversight is made in these cases, or other instances not listed, an infection can occur.
What Happens Next?
Don’t confuse sickness or mild reactions to infections after a blood transfusion. It is relatively harmless to experience these side effects if they are mild. Allergic reactions can occur because of something like a donor ingesting something you’re allergic to before donating their blood. Side effects include fever, chills, nausea, rapid heart beat, trouble breathing, feeling anxious, chest or back pain and more. It is also possible that you will experience more intense side effects. Whether your reaction is mild or serious, it is best to let your doctor know so that you can be monitored.
The risk for contracting a true infection is rather low, with less than 1% experiencing an infection each year, which is why there is case for a lawsuit if it does happen. The most likely infections that could be contracted are HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and West Nile Virus.
How Can We Help?
If you or somebody you care about has contracted an infection from a blood transfusion, waste no time in contacting Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP. Health care providers and hospitals have strong representation, so it’s vital that you have a team on your side who can advocate for your fair settlement. We’ll help you through each step in hopes of making this stressful, upsetting time a little easier on you and your family. We review all new cases free of charge and want to assist you in seeking justice for mistreatment. To get started, call our firm at (404) 845-0012 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to answering your questions and getting you the answers you deserve.