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Over a billion items are prescribed every year in England and Wales. It’s therefore unsurprising that mistakes sometimes happen when medications are dispensed. However, prescription errors can have severe consequences and can even be life-threatening or fatal.
If you were prescribed medication incorrectly and have suffered illness, injury or a worsening of your condition as a result, you may be able to make a prescription error compensation claim.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have years of experience helping people, who’ve suffered due to prescription errors, for example:
- Wrong medication
- Incorrect dosage
- Medication supplied which triggers a patient’s known allergy
- Medication prescribed that conflicts with another drug the patient is taking
- Failure to review a patient and prescribing a medication for too long
- Mixing up prescriptions with another patient
- Making mistakes when labelling medication
- Failure to advise patient properly on how to take the medication
How do prescription errors happen?
Prescription errors can happen one of two ways – errors made when your GP or healthcare provider prescribes your medication and mistakes made when your medication is being dispensed.
What are the effects of prescription errors?
Prescription errors can have a very serious impact on your health. They can cause allergic reactions, digestive problems including stomach ulcers and internal bleeding, brain injury, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, a worsening of existing conditions, mental health issues and in rare cases, death.
How could compensation help me?
If you’ve suffered a serious injury or illness due to an incorrect prescription from a healthcare provider, you may need ongoing support and rehabilitation in the future. Any compensation you receive could help pay for any future care needs such as rehabilitation, therapy and any ongoing healthcare costs. Our team will help you access the best possible treatments, rehabilitation and support and we can also help secure interim payments during your claim before the final settlement is agreed.
Our expert team understand how frightening it can be to sustain an illness of injury due to a prescription error. They will provide you with the best possible care, offering home visits and advise on accessing practical help such as rehabilitation centres and support groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your injury or illness and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the negligence or the date you realised your illness or injury had been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
If you are making a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child, you have three years from their 18th birthday to make a claim. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
Starting a prescription errors compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.