Settlement effected for damages for victims of diethylstilbestrol

Abstract

In 2007 the Dutch DESFonds (DES Fund) starts payment to victims of exposure to diethylstilbestrol in a collective settlement. This is unique in the world because the arrangement covers the entire range of DES-related disorders and individual persons do not have to start an expensive and emotionally taxing legal procedure with uncertain outcome, which would last several years. Individuals can now be compensated based on medical evidence of DES exposure and the presence of a DES-related disorder covered by the settlement.

Settlement effected for damages for victims of diethylstilbestrol (DES), Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde, NCBI PubMed PMID: 17557761, 2007 May 26.

In close collaboration with the DES Centre (an association of DES victims) a careful procedure was followed before this settlement was realised. The Dutch Expert Committee on DES-related Health Effects first reviewed the literature for evidence and established a list of disorders with a causal association with DES. For each DES-related disorder covered by the settlement, the appropriate compensation was determined by the attributive risk and the severity of the disease. The settlement is the result of close collaboration between all parties involved.

Read also Compensation for Diethylstilbestrol Injury, an Opinion, Netherlands Cancer Institute, 2007.

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