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Infected Blood Scandal: Timely Justice for Victims and How Universa Law Can Help

A Step Towards Justice: Government's Commitment to Compensation

In a landmark decision, the UK government has committed to establishing a final compensation scheme for victims of the infected blood scandal within three months of the Victims and Prisoners Bill becoming law. This significant development, marked by the acceptance of a Labour amendment in the House of Lords, brings hope to thousands of victims who have waited far too long for justice.

The infected blood scandal, described as the worst treatment disaster in NHS history, saw over 30,000 patients receive contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 80s. The tragic result was the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C to many recipients, leading to an estimated 3,000 deaths. The government's recent steps to expedite compensation are crucial, particularly as it is estimated that a victim dies every four days due to complications arising from the contaminated treatments.

Universa Law: Advocating for Victims' Rights

At Universa Law, we are deeply committed to supporting victims of medical negligence, including those affected by the infected blood scandal. Our core values—trust, justice, integrity, compassion, inclusivity, and diligence—guide us in providing exceptional legal services tailored to the needs of each client.

How Universa Law Can Assist You:

  1. Expert Legal Advice: Our experienced solicitors specialise in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. We understand the complexities of medical negligence cases and are equipped to provide you with the expert guidance needed to navigate the legal system.

  2. No Win, No Fee Service: We believe that financial constraints should not prevent victims from seeking justice. Our no win, no fee service ensures that you can pursue your claim without the burden of upfront legal costs.

  3. Comprehensive Case Handling: From initial consultations to court representations, we handle every aspect of your case meticulously. Our team will gather evidence, consult medical experts, and build a robust case to secure the compensation you deserve.

  4. Client-Centred Approach: We prioritise your well-being throughout the legal process. Whether it's meeting you at your convenience or providing emotional support, we are here to make the journey as smooth as possible.

Recent Developments and What They Mean for Victims

The push for a timely compensation scheme is a critical victory for victims and campaigners. Following the initial interim payments of £100,000 to around 4,000 survivors and bereaved partners in November 2022, there has been a sustained call for a comprehensive and swift compensation process. The government's acceptance of the amendment ensures that the final compensation system will be established promptly, offering a measure of closure to those affected.

The ongoing public inquiry, led by Sir Brian Langstaff, has been instrumental in highlighting the urgent need for justice. His recommendations for immediate action and extended interim payments underscore the severity and long-standing impact of the scandal. The inquiry's final report, expected on 20 May, will further shape the compensation framework and accountability measures.

Taking Action: Your Rights and Legal Options

If you or a loved one has been affected by the infected blood scandal, it is essential to understand your rights and explore your legal options. Universa Law is here to support you every step of the way. Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to ensure that your voice is heard and that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Contact Universa Law today for a free, confidential consultation. Let us help you achieve justice and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Together, we can navigate the path to recovery and secure a brighter future for you and your loved ones.

For more information on our services or to schedule a consultation, please visit our website or call us directly. At Universa Law, your fight for justice is our mission.

Contact us today, and let us help you on the path to justice and healing!

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