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An inquiry is now underway into contaminated blood which was spread through blood transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s.
It has been found that thousands of people were infected with contaminated blood, mostly people suffering with haemophilia who required regular blood transfusions, or those requiring transfusions after surgery or childbirth.
The blood which was transfused to other patients was contaminated with Hepatitis and HIV.
It is thought that over 2000 people have died since receiving the contaminated blood, but thousands of sufferers remain alive and continue to suffer from symptoms arising from the transfusion.
A compensation scheme has been in place for many years but within the last couple the Prime Minister has ordered an inquiry into the contaminated blood, which has now commenced.
It was announced on the 30th April 2019 that funding for the scheme has been increased from £46,300,000.00 to £75,000,000.00 per annum. This is money which is paid out annually to victims and families of victims who have died as a result of the contamination. The Department of Health have however advised that this should not be treated as compensation as this cannot compensate for the suffering caused.
Ramsdens Solicitors have a wealth of expertise in medical claims in similar circumstance and are able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been affected by contaminated blood and wish to discuss whether you might have a claim for damages please contact us on 0800 804 450 or text CLAIMS to 80988. Alternatively, fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.