In the 1950s the drug Thalidomide was given to tens of thousands of women worldwide to combat morning sickness. Unfortunately it wasn’t until 1961 that it became clear that the drug was the cause of a huge number of devastating birth defects, but by then tens of thousands of children had already been born with terrible physical disabilities, and many more pregnant women had already taken the drug.
The drug was immediately withdrawn, and many of those women and children have now received compensation for their injuries (although not from Grunenthal, the German manufacturers of the drug who deny culpability).
Injuries caused by defective or toxic products
The Thalidomide case is a particularly sad one, but unfortunately there are many cases of defective products causing injuries to innocent consumers due to ineffectual or incomplete testing. In the medical world alone, there have been hundreds of cases of defective heart defibrillators, contaminated blood, and serious infection due to faulty products. Recently, the industrial-grade silicone used in some breast implants was found to cause damage to unborn children. This was only after around 47,000 women in the UK had already been given these implants.
Worryingly, there have also been many cases of toxic chemicals being found in children’s toys. Some of these can cause allergies such as asthma, while others have been found to be carcinogenic. A new EU directive introduced in July this year restricts the importation of toys containing 19 toxic chemicals, but what of those toys that are already in circulation?
What to do if you have been injured by a defective product
If you have been injured by a defective or toxic product, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our lines are open 24 hours a day to allow worried consumers to discuss their situation with a trained adviser. If you already know that a product you have used has been proven to be harmful, then you may have a strong case.
To find out more, call us today. You’re under no obligation to continue with a claim, but if you decide to go ahead, claims can usually be made over the telephone with no need for claimants to attend court themselves.
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Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown