Eight individuals who were negatively affected when their mothers took the anti-sickness drug Thalidomide in the 1950’s – 1960’s are claiming compensation from the companies responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the drug.
One of the individuals affected is Brian Davies, 53, from Wakes. Brian was left with deformed feet after his mother took the drug whilst pregnant. Mr Davies commented, “Ever since I was a child, I have missed out on everyday pleasures, like playing football with friends or swimming, things other people take for granted. Every day I am in pain and every day is a struggle. I hope that now we finally get the justice that we have been demanding for so many years.”
The drug was used from 1958-1961 by pregnant women, to control symptoms such as morning sickness. Side effects from the drug left babies with shortened arms and legs, deformed or missing limbs and malformed genitals, heart, eyes, ears and kidneys. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that there are 455 victims.
Last year, a £49m settlement was paid to over 100 Australian victims, and a lawyer from Slater and Gordon, the law firm representing the UK victims, commented, “It is time those responsible are finally held to account for the mistakes of the past.”
Have you suffered medical negligence?
Medical negligence is a broad term which can cover a range of things, including:
- Illness caused by medication
- Surgical errors
- Failure to treat or delay to provide treatment
- Failure to diagnose a serious illness
- Failure to monitor a high-risk pregnancy
If you or someone you love has been a victim of medical negligence, you should consider claiming compensation. You’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer, who can help to gather evidence relating to your situation. This will normally involve consulting with a medical expert in order to prove that clinical negligence has occurred.
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Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown