Blood type incompatibility can result in an adverse reaction within a person’s immune system. When a transfusion contains a blood type different than what the patient requires, he or she may suffer hemolysis and serious blood transfusion reactions.
Blood Type Combinations
Blood is classified as types A, B, AB, or O. Each blood type can receive blood of the same type, and all blood types can receive type O. But type O blood can only receive type O blood. Type AB blood can receive either type A or B blood.
Blood is further classified by Rh factor. Some people are Rh positive, making them A+, B+, AB+ or O+. Some are Rh negative, making them A-, B-, AB-, or O. Rh positive blood can receive Rh positive or negative blood, but Rh negative blood can only receive Rh negative blood (it cannot receive Rh positive blood).
The following is a breakdown of compatible blood type combinations:
- Type A: Type A+ patients may receive A+, A-, O+, & O- blood, but A- patients can receive A- and O- blood.
- Type B: Type B+ individuals may receive B+, B-, O, & O- blood, but type B- individuals may receive B- and O-.
- Type AB: Type AB+ individuals can receive all blood types, but type AB- individuals can only receive A-, B-, AB- or O-.
- Type O: Type O+ individuals can receive O+ or O-, but type O- individuals are limited to receiving type O- blood.
AB+ individuals are considered universal recipients, while O- individuals are considered universal donors. According to the American Red Cross, O+ is the most common blood type in the U.S.
I Was Given the Wrong Blood Type. Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Patients who are given an incompatible blood type may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim against the responsible party. Attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt invite you to contact our Cleveland office if you have questions about a potential claim or whether you still have time to file a claim in Ohio.
Why Should I Trust Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt to Handle My Claim?
First, Mellino Robenalt does not advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.
Second, Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.
Third, medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, so we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms:
- take every case that walks in the door,
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- leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.
We only pursue compensation for patients who’ve suffered a serious and debilitating injury or disability. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each claim the attention it deserves.
Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Robenalt is the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.
If you have questions about a blood type incompatibility, including whether you still have time to file a medical malpractice claim in Ohio, we invite you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris Mellino’s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim.