Although medicines and healthcare products should be subjected to rigorous testing before being made available for use by humans, as Thompsons' solicitors know all to well, there have been numerous occasions when faulty pharmaceutical products have slipped through the net. Such products can cause or aggravate pain and injury, often combined with significant suffering and distress which can lead to lost earnings and considerable medical expenses.
Here at Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland we can help you make a faulty pharmaceutical product claim to ensure a full financial settlement for all your losses.
A proud track record of expertise
Our product injury lawyers have helped many people in Scotland secure the compensation they deserve in these difficult circumstances – for example, we have helped clients secure settlement for defective hip replacements, contaminated blood products, vaginal mesh implants and defective breast implants. Other areas where we may be able to help include claims related to the following:
- Dietary supplements
- Human growth hormone
- Lariam (Mefloquine)
- Metal-on-metal implants
- Orthopaedic aids
- Clinical trial claims
There are strict time limits for making a personal injury claim. You have three years from:
- The date on which you used or were fitted with the defective medical product
- The date on which you first sustained injury
- The date you were diagnosed or became aware of your injury
However, there are some exceptions to the three-year time limit. For example, if you sustained injury as a child, you will have three years from the date at which you turn 16, so you will need to make the claim by the day you reach the age of 19 (however an adult, usually a legal guardian, can make a claim on behalf of a minor).
What you need to prove
Evidence is essential to every personal injury case. In order to succeed in your faulty pharmaceutical product claim, your lawyer will need to prove the following:
- You were injured as a result of the faulty product
- The product's manufacture or design was faulty or defective
- You were using the product in the manner in which it was designed to be used
- You suffered quantifiable loss as a result of the injuries sustained
Thompsons personal injury solicitors will be happy to discuss the ways in which you can provide the above evidence.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The MHRA exists to protect consumers by ensuring that pharmaceutical devices are fit for use. It does this by working towards the following aims:
- Making sure all medicines, medical devices, and blood components for transfusion meet required safety standards
- Ensuring a secure supply chain for medicines
- Educating the public and healthcare professionals on the potential risks of medicines and medical devices
- Raising awareness of fake or unlicensed medication sold online
All UK-sold devices must have a CE mark obtained under the Medical Devices Regulations. Any non-compliant devices could be subject to MHRA investigation, while manufacturers of these devices may face prosecution.
Thompsons' medical product injury lawyers
If you or someone close to you has suffered injury as a result of a faulty or defective medical product, you may be able to secure financial compensation for your pain, injury, lost earnings and expenses.
We can help you in many different circumstances. For example, our clients have included those who have received contaminated blood products, faulty cosmetic implants and faulty vaginal mesh implants.
We provide our service on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning you have nothing to pay unless you win your case – this will be agreed in advance as a small, fixed percentage of your compensation award.
For more information about how we may be able to help you, call 0800 0891 331 to speak with us today.