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Infected Blood Scandal Claims

The Infected Blood Compensation Scheme (the “Scheme”) was established to provide financial compensation to victims of infected blood in the UK. The Scheme is operated by an independent arm’s length body called the Infected Blood Compensation Authority (IBCA).

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The Scheme recognises and provides financial compensation to people who have been directly or indirectly infected with HIV or hepatitis. It also provides compensation to those who suffered an impact or were affected (e.g. relatives or carers).

Compensation will take into account the severity of infection suffered. For the majority of applicants, tariffs will be used to calculate compensation. In defined circumstances, a bespoke assessment of individual needs by the IBCA will help to ensure the appropriate compensation is awarded.

The compensation due will be judged under 5 criteria

  1. injury and harm caused
  2. social impact from stigma and isolation
  3. impact on autonomy and private life, such as not being able to have children
  4. care costs, and
  5. financial loss.

The Government has said that payments will depend on individual circumstances, but typical payouts for those infected with HIV, or with HIV plus hepatitis, would be in excess of £2 million. Those with a hepatitis infection causing liver damage would typically get around £1 million. Those who face extreme care costs or who were very high earners before infection could get even more.

Compensation payments will not impact eligibility for means-tested benefits and will be exempt from tax.

In order to make a claim under the Scheme, applicants must gather information and evidence about eligibility and the losses suffered in relation to the 5 criteria listed above. The evidence should include medical records, evidence of impact, evidence of care required, and evidence of financial losses (e.g. lost salary, care costs, etc.).

For people diagnosed with an eligible infection before 1 April 2025, the Scheme will remain open to applications for 6 years, until 31 March 2031.

We recommend that applicants gather their information and evidence as soon as possible. Whilst applicants are able to make the claim directly with the IBCA, outcomes will be informed by current practice in the UK courts. Consequently, processing the claim through a firm of solicitors may lead to the claim being better presented and may maximise the chances of achieving the best compensation.

Vyman Solicitors has registered its interest in the Scheme with the Government. This means that we will be kept involved and informed regarding the design and delivery of the IBCA service.

If you or any of your acquaintances have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Litigation, Kumaran Sivathillainathan.


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