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Gentamicin Toxicity - Balance and Hearing Loss Claims
If you have suffered as a result of gentamicin toxicity and this was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, the team at JMW can help you make a claim for compensation. A powerful antibiotic, gentamicin is used to treat bacterial infection. However, if administered inappropriately it can cause various problems. If you have suffered an injury caused by gentamicin toxicity, it is important that you have access to the right legal representation.
The JMW team is highly experienced in dealing with gentamicin toxicity claims and will provide the support you need to give you the best chance of securing the outcome you deserve. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form, which will allow us to give you a ring back.
Gentamicin is one of a group of antibiotics known as amino glycosides and is most commonly used in the treatment of serious Gram-negative bacterial infections after other antibiotics have proven ineffective.
First discovered in the 1940s, gentamicin has been known to have serious toxic effects in some individuals, particularly relating to the kidney and inner ear. Only relatively recently have the reasons for this been fully understood.
Gentamicin is not toxic until it combines with iron in the blood stream and produces destructive chemical agents known as free radicals. The tiny hair cells in the inner ear are particularly vulnerable to these and once they become damaged, they are no longer able to transmit impulses to the auditory nerve and to the brain, causing deafness. This can also lead to damage to the kidneys and symptoms of vestibular damage, such as:
- Transient vision blurring
If you have suffered from gentamicin toxicity, you may be eligible to make a claim against the GPs or surgeons responsible for your care. Dangers of using gentamicin can include:
- Balance problems
- Hearing loss
It is up to your doctor or other medical professionals administering gentamicin to keep you informed of the dangers of taking it. If the risks are not explained to you and you suffer due to your use of the drug, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation.
At JMW, we have successfully secured compensation for a range of clients who have suffered unnecessarily as a result of gentamicin toxicity.
When considering launching a claim of this kind, you need to know that the solicitors supporting you have the expertise and experience necessary to put you in as strong a position as possible for winning your case. Our clinical negligence experts can offer you peace of mind that your claim is in safe hands and that you have a very good chance of recovering funds that can make a huge difference to your life.
Our clinical negligence team, headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel.