Whilst serving in the Armed Forces overseas you might have been given the anti-malaria drug Lariam – also known as Mefloquine Hydrochloride – without being made aware of the potential mental health problems that this drug can cause.
Most drugs have side effects but with Lariam, that has been shown to cause psychiatric abnormalities, it is essential that the long list of potential symptoms is made aware to the recipient of the drug. These symptoms include:
- Suicidal ideation or thoughts
- Paranoid delusions
- Self-endangering behaviour
- Unusual behaviour
If you feel that you were prescribed Lariam without being given basic checks, advice and warning of the potential side effects of the drug and have subsequently experienced psychiatric problems then you may have a claim for compensation.
At Hilary Meredith Solicitors we have been contacted by hundreds of service personnel who fear they have been harmed by taking this drug without receiving the correct advice and support.
Any doctor who is considering giving a patient Lariam – and this includes any military doctor or health provider – must take some very important checks. Above all, they must:
- Ensure that nobody who has a history of any sort of depression, convulsions, or any sort of neuropsychiatric disturbance (such as PTSD) is given the drug, under any circumstances
- Warn the patient that the drug is associated with these very serious side effects and
- Advise them that if these occur they must get medical advice before the next dose is due
Failing to take these precautions is a breach of the duty of care. The military’s basic duty of care towards service personnel is to take reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable problems. If you feel that your military medic has failed to take those steps resulting in your unnecessary suffering then you should contact us straight away to discuss your compensation claim.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd is one of the few Solicitors who specialise in this type of military personal injury claim. Strict time limits apply to this type of claim, as with all personal injury claims, and it is vital that you obtain prompt legal advice. In particular, if you are facing a medical discharge or a decision about your Military career, it is vital that you obtain prompt and specialist advice.
To discuss your Lariam Compensation Claim free of charge with our Military Accident team contact us on 0800 124 4444 or start your claim now.