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Government evades thalidomide responsibility

The Story

Between 1970 and 1990 Canadian "thalidomiders" fight for compensation on an individual basis, family by family. Families are forced to settle out-of-court, with gag orders imposed on them not to discuss the amounts of their settlements. This results in wide disparities in the amounts of compensation, sometimes differences of hundreds of thousands of dollars for individuals with the same levels of disability.

Medium: Television
Program: Broken Promises
Broadcast Date: Feb. 14, 1989
Guest(s): Donald Traci
Reporter: Hana Gartner
Duration: 4:05

Did You know?

• In Britain and West Germany, thalidomide victims and their families entered into class action legal suits against the various drug companies who manufactured or distributed the drug. Most were eventually awarded substantial settlements, which included monthly or annual payments based on the level of disability of the individual.



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