Negligent behaviour by companies can lead to East Lothian accident claims
The area of East Lothian is situated in Scotland and in the past two months, it has seen eleven of its residents being treated in hospital after taking legal drugs that are also known as “legal highs”. Police Scotland has publicly warned that there is a substantial rise in the legal highs that are known as New Psychoactive Substances or NPS after a number of incidents related to the substances.
They have also warned that many users of legal highs who experience negative side effects do not admit themselves to hospital so the numbers of users who have required hospital treatment could be much higher. Appeals have been to the public by the police in East Lothian to report any businesses or shops that have been selling NPS.
While the sale of the substances is illegal, shops have been subverting the law by marketing and selling them as plantfeed or bathsalts. The New Psychoactive Substances are taken like many illegal drugs, in that they are smoked or snorted.
Most of the people from East Lothian who were admitted to hospital came from the Musselburgh area and its surrounds. However, there have been some other cases in other parts of the country that have become known.
The Police Detective Superintendent, Pat Campbell, has advised that NPS should not be taken as it is not certain what they are made up of, the strength of the substance and how it may individually affect you. Campbell added that there is no safe way to take the substances or a safe amount to take and the dangers and risks to health are increased even further when they are mixed with different types or drugs or with alcohol. He concluded by saying that anyone who has taken a New Psychoactive Substance and does not feel well should urgently seek medical advice and if anyone has anyone information related to New Psychoactive Substances then they should contact the police.
If you have taken a drug and received hospital treatment as a result of negative side effects then you may be able to claim for compensation providing that the negative side effects were the result of negligence and not your fault. To be eligible for a claim, the incident needs to have happened in the last three years and you need to be able provide evidence of medical treatment from the incident.
East Lothian accident claims from hospital treatment for drug-related incidents
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Date Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: David Brown