In 2015, it was announced that Leigh Day were starting legal proceedings using 3 victims to sue the government under the disability discrimination act. This was based on the claim that Hepatitis C sufferers had been discriminated against compared to HIV sufferers.
In December 2015, Leigh Day contacted all those who had registered an interest with the following information:
You have previously contacted us for advice about a potential claim for damages regarding the payments you, or your late partner, receive, or received, as a result of contracting HCV from NHS blood. With our client’s permission we are sharing information about the claim with the wider group.
We have instructed specialist barristers for advice on this matter and all four have advised us that it is unclear whether a claim for back payments has any real prospect of success until we have obtained some detailed medical advice.
We are now seeking to obtain this evidence and hope to have obtained a report from him within the next month or so. Once we have received this report, counsel will be able to advise on the prospects of success of any claim.
I will be in touch again at this point in order to confirm whether we will be able to progress this claim and whether or not we are willing to act for you.
In the meantime, I am afraid that we cannot give you any legal advice in relation to the strength of otherwise of your individual claim. If you require such advice you should take steps to obtain alternative legal assistance.
I will be in touch again soon.