There are many benefits to being involved in a clinical trial, including getting access to new treatment before it is widely available. There is however a risk that the new treatment won’t be as effective as the standard drugs or that you may suffer serious side effects.
In an attempt to reduce risk as much as possible, there are strict rules governing clinical trials. People involved in the trial must understand the aims of the trial and any risks involved in taking part. Participants must be given the chance to discuss the trial with the organisers and also be given written details of the treatment, including side effects.
On the whole, clinical trials are safe, but occasionally something goes wrong and those taking part can be left with serious injuries. In 2006, a trial involving six healthy men at Northwick Park Hospital ended when they all became seriously ill. The men were testing a new drug (TGN1412) that was being developed to treat chronic inflammatory conditions and leukaemia. Our expert solicitors represented a number of the victims, including the two men that were worst affected. Read more information on this case
Compensation For Injuries Arising From A Clinical Trial
Clinical trials can only operate with the right insurance in place. Before anyone can take part in a trial, they must be made aware of the potential benefits and side effects before consenting to take part.
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If you or a loved one have been left injured or ill following a trial, we could help you claim compensation. We will work with you to try and prove that you have suffered serious health problems caused by the trial and that these problems are more serious than any risks outlined at the outset.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on how serious your injuries are and any losses that you have suffered as a result, such as loss of earnings. In the case of very serious injuries you may need to make changes to your home or employ a carer and these costs will also be taken into account.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have issued official guidelines that make it easier to claim compensation if something goes wrong. We can help you work out if the organisers of the trial were part of the ABPI and whether these guidelines can be used in your case.
Our Experience In Clinical Trial Claims
If you or a family member has suffered an injury as a result of taking part in a clinical trial, you will want to know that your solicitors have the experience needed to help you with your claim.
Our experts have helped a number of clients to claim compensation after they were injured in a clinical trial. This includes helping people claim under the ABPI guidelines but also as part of clinical negligence claim.
In 2013, Chambers & Partners ranked us in the top band of law firms for defective product compensation claims. Clients praise our “exceptional knowledge” and “very caring team”.
We will talk you through what’s happening with your claim in clear and simple terms. Our experience of these types of claim means that we know what needs to be done to help you achieve the best possible compensation settlement.
For more information about claiming compensation for injuries caused as a result of taking part in a clinical trial, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online and we will get back to you.
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