Claiming Medical Negligence Compensation for Hepatitis
If you develop Hepatitis C in a hospital, possibly because of a blood transfusion or an unsafe injection, then you may have grounds to claim compensation.
Today is World Hepatitis Day - a global effort to raise awareness of the condition and improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment. So it’s important to us as Medical Negligence Solicitors to make sure you know what to do if you’ve fallen ill with Hepatitis C because of someone else’s mistake.
We have a strong track record of helping people claim compensation for hospital acquired infections, so if you’ve developed Hepatitis C because of medical negligence, we’ll be happy to discuss your situation with you.
How Can I Claim Compensation for Hepatitis C?
To successfully claim compensation for Hepatitis C because of medical negligence, it needs to be proved that you received substandard medical care and that these mistakes caused your condition.
Our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors can seek to prove this by consulting independent medical experts and gathering evidence such as medical records. It may be that you aren’t sure what exact circumstances led to you contracting Hepatitis C, in which case this evidence will be vital in building a clear picture of what specific mistakes were made.
If you contracted Hepatitis C because of mistakes made in a healthcare setting, you should get legal advice from a specialist Medical Negligence Solicitor as soon as possible.
Contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors for a free claims assessment and legal advice.
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis in the UK and is often treatable. In fact, a person with the virus may not even notice any symptoms or suffer only a mild illness, so would recover without ever knowing they were infected.
But the virus can stay in a person’s body for a long time, and if it’s not identified, it can cause serious complications such as liver failure and cirrhosis.
Jodie Cook, Senior Associate and Medical Negligence Lawyer at Simpson Millar, said: “It’s really important that anybody who has symptoms which could be due to Hepatitis C has this investigated.
“Symptoms can be flu-like in nature, such as tiredness, tummy pain, nausea and vomiting. A blood test can confirm whether you have Hepatitis C or not.
“Treatment is available for Hepatitis, but without prompt treatment, Hepatitis C can be really serious and suffer with scarring to the liver which can lead to liver failure. That’s why it’s important to diagnose and treat this condition quickly.”
If you believe you developed Hepatitis C because of medical errors or doctors failed to diagnose your condition quickly enough, get in touch with our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors for a free claims assessment and legal advice.
How Could I Get Hepatitis C?
There are many ways in which a hospital or GP could be held liable (at fault) for you developing Hepatitis C. For example, they may have failed to:
- Clean medical equipment properly
- Protect you from contaminated blood
- Diagnose your condition quickly enough
- Let you know that you’ve tested positive for Hepatitis C
- Give you the right medication or treatment
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