COMPENSATION FOR MEDICATION AND PRESCRIPTION ERRORS
Our medical negligence solicitors offer a free consultation about a prescription drug error or a medication dispensing mistake. Please call us on 0161 832 6131 or start your claim online using our dedicated form and we will call you.
You should be able to trust that you have been prescribed the correct medication, and that it has been accurately and safely dispensed, yet each year it is estimated that 1 in 6 patients are mistakenly prescribed, administered or dispensed the wrong medication. Although for some medication errors the effects are insignificant, for others it can have undesired, sometimes serious and potentially fatal effects.
If you or a family member have suffered injuries as a result of being prescribed, dispensed or given the wrong medication, you may be able to make a prescription error claim.
How We Can Help You Claim Compensation For A Medication Or Prescription Error
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors are experienced in successfully pursuing medication or prescription error claims against the prescriber, dispenser or both.
The most common medication or prescription errors are:
- Incorrect medication: This is where the dispenser or prescriber has dispensed the wrong type of medication, which results in you taking a drug that isn’t suitable for your condition, often causing serious side effects.
- Incorrect dosage: There are different recommended dosages for each particular patient. GPs can misjudge the correct dosage, leading to a patient overdosing on the drug. This can be particularly dangerous for children, where they may end up taking a medication dosage for an adult, when they require something much lower.
- Prolonged usage: Whereby a patient orders a repeat medication prescription for their medicine without a doctor re-examining their conditions to ensure the medication is still needed.
- Medication allergies: Sometimes patients develop allergies to certain prescription medications, and it is essential that they do not consume them due to the known harm and side effects they can cause. If a patient is found to be allergic to any medication, patients’ medical records must be checked to ensure that they are not prescribed it again.
- Medication combination: There are certain medications that are harmless when taken on their own, but can react badly when they are taken in combination with other medicines. Doctors should be aware of and avoid prescription of combined medications where the combination is known to be harmful and adverse.
- Inadequate labelling: Leading to patient mistakes in consuming medication or consuming by an incorrect route, for example lotions intended for wound dressing may be inadvertently consumed orally.
- Incorrect knowledge: Doctors or pharmacists’ inadequate knowledge of drug names and the wrong understanding of medication abbreviations in prescribing can lead to prescription errors.
A medication error can be life threatening, which is why it is so important to ensure you have been given the right medication prior to beginning your course of treatment by checking package labelling, instructions, dosage and method and route of consumption.
Our sympathetic Medical Negligence Team will represent you every step of the way on a no win no fee basis.
I was very happy with the way that my case was dealt with and appreciate all the work that was done for me.
Mrs Peters, Northampton – September 2015
How To Make A Medication Or Prescription Error Claim
In order to make a hassle free medical negligence claim for medication errors, please call our experts on 0161 207 2020, request a callback or start your claim online using our dedicated form.
There are strict time limits for starting a medication or prescription error compensation claim, which in most cases will be within three years of the negligent treatment, or within three years of you knowing of the potential negligent treatment. This can, in exceptional circumstances, be extended, but it is always best to speak to our team of medical negligence solicitors to get the best advice possible from the outset.
The initial phone call will be a free consultation and we will request your medical records to find out what has gone wrong. We do everything we possibly can to make the process as easy and as straightforward as possible for you.