Clinical Trials Can Pose Serious Risks to Volunteers
Clinical trials are meant to ensure that a product or treatment is both effective and safe to use. However, during the course of a trial, participants can be severely injured and lawsuits can arise out of negligent medical treatment, lack of informed patient consent, or a number of other factors including:
- The new treatment being tested may not be as effective or as safe as existing treatments.
- Drugs and medical devices in clinical trials may carry unexpected side effects.
- These side effects may be occasional aches and pains or may result in serious adverse events including renal injury, cardiovascular complications, and even death.
- As the clinical trials progress, drugs may be combined with other medications and dosages may be increased, resulting in increased risks.
- Insurance and health care providers may not cover the costs of patient care during a clinical trial or injuries and side effects that may result from a clinical trial.
If you Were injured in a Clinical Trial Ask Yourself the Following Questions
If you have been involved in a clinical trial and have suffered injury or illness, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did you understand all of the enrollment paperwork you signed?
- Were you confused by the consent forms?
- Did you have lingering questions about side effects?
- Did your doctor fail to explain all the possible outcomes of the trial?
- Were you told you had a problem and then told something different by another doctor?
- Were you referred to several doctors during your initial treatment and/or after the trial?
Injured in a Clinical Trial? It May be Time to Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has participated in a clinical trial that has led to injury or wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Thomas J. Henry today for more information and a thorough case review.