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Clinical trials and compensation claims

Product liability solicitors at Leigh Day have extensive experience in representing and securing compensation for clients who have been injured after taking part in clinical trials in the UK.  The firm is recognised as a top tier defective products firm by the two main legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers guide to the legal profession and has the specialist expert knowledge necessary to bring group claims for those injured in clinical trials. If you have been injured, or suffered adverse reactions after taking part in a clinical trial you may be entitled to compensation.  The firm has been involved in successful securing compensation for claimants in some of the most high-profile drug trial cases reported in the UK.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials conventionally take place before a new medical product is granted a licence in the UK and are typically organised by large pharmaceutical companies to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs and medical devices on humans. Clinical trials can also be held to test the safety or side effects of a new combination of drugs. Participants can be healthy volunteers or sick patients. 

Given the very nature of clinical trials, things can go wrong and participants have been known to be injured.

The pharmaceutical industry enjoys a multi-billion pound turnover as a result of developing new products, the majority of which will have originally been tested on human volunteers before being released on to the wider market. 

While clinical trials are a vital part of continuing the development of modern medicine, it is important to recognise the rights of individuals who become ill or who are injured as part of such schemes.

Before a clinical trial can take place in the UK the manufacturer must obtain clinical trial authorisation (CTA) from the Medicine Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA). Once this has been obtained a clinical trial can go ahead. 

Clinical trials and the law

The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 are special regulations that have been put in place to ensure that clinical trials are carried out in line with strict practice guidelines.

The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries (ABPI) and the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) have also issued ‘no fault’ compensation guidelines.  These guidelines may entitle an individual to damages in certain circumstances if they are injured whilst taking part in a clinical trial.

If you feel that you, or a member of your family, have been injured after participating in a clinical trial, and would like to bring a claim for compensation please speak to one of our specialist defective products solicitors for a free initial consultation on 020 7650 1219.

Leigh Day and clinical trial compensation claims

Leigh Day personal injury and product liability specialist solicitors have represented a number of clients who have been injured after taking place in clinical trials.
  • Partners Martyn Day and Gene Matthews represented participants in the high profile Northwick Park Drug Trial who suffered life threatening injuries following their involvement in the TGN1412 drug trial at the hospital. 
  • Partner Jill Paterson is currently representing a number of individuals who have reported injuries including blindness and neurological damage after being involved in clinical trials for various medical devices and drugs.

Trevor's Story

A BBC 2 Drama Documentary The drug trial emergency at the hospital which featured the Northwick Park drug trial case won the Broadcast Feature of the Year award in 2017.

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