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Infected blood compensation claims

We're investigating claims on behalf of blood transfusion NHS patients who were infected with Hepatitis C

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Leigh Day is currently investigating claims by blood transfusion NHS patients who were infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) after receiving contaminated blood or blood products in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

We have been contacted by many people, including family members of loved ones who have passed away, who were either directly or indirectly infected with HCV after the provision of blood or blood products to them by the NHS. Many describe decades of progressively debilitating symptoms, without a diagnosis or explanation for their suffering. Many describe repeated failed attempts to understand and obtain proper medical assistance for those symptoms. Most have had to fight to be heard; to have their condition acknowledged; to receive the treatment they should have been provided with to prevent their conditions deteriorating.

Most have faced harrowing treatment and for those that are still alive, face an uncertain future. Many already live with cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, liver transplants and with the ever present prospect of a much shortened life expectancy.

The government in the UK has never accepted legal responsibility in negligence for the fact that these people received contaminated blood or blood products from our NHS. On this basis reasonable and proper compensation for this injury has never been paid.

The potential legal claim is against the Department of Health & Social Care over the decisions which led to thousands of NHS blood transfusion patients being infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Leigh Day is investigating the possibility of assisting HCV sufferers to claim compensation in negligence for their injuries including for the impact that these injuries have had on them throughout their lives over the course of up to 40 years.

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Sheila Thubron

Like many pregnant women Sheila Thubron was diagnosed with anaemia caused by the low levels of iron in her blood. She was administered a blood transfusion in 1989 and gave birth a few weeks later to her fourth and youngest child Jack. It wasn’t until seventeen years later in 2006 that Sheila was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus as a result of contaminated blood.

Sheila and her son Jack in 1989

Sheila and her son Jack in 1989 after she received HCV infected contaminated blood

Sheila confirmed that at first she had no symptoms; she believed she was recovering from anaemia and was quite happy raising her four children. It wasn’t until two years after Jack’s birth that she began to feel quite depressed and anxious. She put this down to suffering from ‘baby-blues’. Although she was prescribed anti-depressants, her symptoms became much worse over the next few years .

She was hospitalised twice as a result of two failed suicide attempts and left housebound due to anxiety.

Sheila was forced to give up her job as a health assistant at Marie Curie due to her depression. She often felt that she could not give her all to her work or to her children, which only added to her illness. This also put a huge financial strain on her and her family.

When she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2006 Sheila was angry about what had happened, but the diagnosis also brought her some relief. She finally had an explanation for the symptoms she had been suffering from for many years, including fatigue, abdominal pains, aching joints and depression.

Symptoms continued for over a decade until she finally underwent a course of treatment in October 2016 which cleared her of HCV. However, it has had a lasting effect on her and her family as a whole.

Sheila feels that she could not be the mum she wanted to be to her children or the wife her husband, Derek, married. She credits her survival to her supportive and caring family.

Sheila now works alongside others also infected by contaminated blood and helped pressure the government to call a Public Inquiry, the preliminary hearings of which took place in September 2018. She is determined to fight for justice for those who have experienced the anguish and suffering that she has suffered and for those who have sadly passed away as a result of contaminated blood.

Why use Leigh Day?

Track record

Leigh Day is a leading law firm with a track record of taking on governments, businesses and powerful institutions on behalf of individuals. We believe everyone should have access to justice.

Group actions

We often we find that a problem faced by one person is not an isolated case and launch a group action. Group claims help us build a stronger case and our clients benefit from knowing they’re not alone, coming to terms with what’s happened with fellow sufferers is comforting and can empower people to fight back and make sure everyone gets the help they need.

Taking steps

Our clients have been campaigning for many years for answers to their questions, the most burning question being how could contaminated blood have been given to so many NHS patients? We are taking steps to ensure that the victims, and their families, are able to move forward with their lives.

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What our clients say

I contacted Leigh Day to say that I had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and that I want to provide a witness statement to the Inquiry...and straight away I got a lovely email from Emma Jones, human rights lawyer of Leigh Day solicitors.

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Sheila Thubron

Like many pregnant women Sheila Thubron was diagnosed with anaemia caused by the low levels of iron in her blood. She was administered a blood transfusion in 1989 and gave birth a few weeks later to her fourth and youngest child Jack. It wasn’t until seventeen years later in 2006 that Sheila was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus as a result of contaminated blood.

Sheila and her son Jack in 1989

Sheila and her son Jack in 1989 after she received HCV infected contaminated blood

Sheila confirmed that at first she had no symptoms; she believed she was recovering from anaemia and was quite happy raising her four children. It wasn’t until two years after Jack’s birth that she began to feel quite depressed and anxious. She put this down to suffering from ‘baby-blues’. Although she was prescribed anti-depressants, her symptoms became much worse over the next few years .

She was hospitalised twice as a result of two failed suicide attempts and left housebound due to anxiety.

Sheila was forced to give up her job as a health assistant at Marie Curie due to her depression. She often felt that she could not give her all to her work or to her children, which only added to her illness. This also put a huge financial strain on her and her family.

When she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2006 Sheila was angry about what had happened, but the diagnosis also brought her some relief. She finally had an explanation for the symptoms she had been suffering from for many years, including fatigue, abdominal pains, aching joints and depression.

Symptoms continued for over a decade until she finally underwent a course of treatment in October 2016 which cleared her of HCV. However, it has had a lasting effect on her and her family as a whole.

Sheila feels that she could not be the mum she wanted to be to her children or the wife her husband, Derek, married. She credits her survival to her supportive and caring family.

Sheila now works alongside others also infected by contaminated blood and helped pressure the government to call a Public Inquiry, the preliminary hearings of which took place in September 2018. She is determined to fight for justice for those who have experienced the anguish and suffering that she has suffered and for those who have sadly passed away as a result of contaminated blood.