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Prescription Error Claims

A prescription error can occur when a GP or hospital makes a mistake when creating your prescription. This could mean that a patient is prescribed the wrong medication, often something with a similar name, or it could be that your doctor prescribes too high or too low a dose. It could also occur when you have the right prescription, but the pharmacy gives you the wrong medication or dosage.

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How might a prescription error happen?

 

Prescription errors are most often caused by simple human error, with somebody typing the wrong details into a computer, or a pharmacist mishandling a prescription. If you’ve received the wrong prescription from a doctor or practitioner, or the wrong medication from a pharmacy, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

 

How you might be affected by a prescription error

 

Prescription errors can be very dangerous. They can lead to overdoses of medication if the dosage is too high. In cases where the wrong drug is given, there is a dual effect from the potential side effects of the wrong drug given, and the continued or deteriorating effects of an illness for which the intended drug was meant to help. There may also be financial implications if you need time off work due to the error.

 

How our legal team can offer support

 

Medical professionals have a duty of care, and you have the right to bring a claim for compensation against those responsible for your prescription error.

Making a claim against your GP, pharmacy or hospital can feel overwhelming, but Patient Claim Line will guide you through the process. We will take the stress out of bringing a claim and help you towards the resolution you deserve.

 

How do I know if I have a prescription error claim?

 

If you have been taking medication that was not intended for you, or your medication was prescribed with an error in the dosage, then you may be entitled to bring a claim against the medical professional who made the error.

 

What are my rights if I have experienced a prescription error?

 

You have the right to bring a claim for compensation against the hospital, GP, or pharmacy that caused the prescription error.

 

What kind of evidence will I need to provide to make a prescription error claim?

 

If you still have the blister pack and/or the box of the drugs you were prescribed in error, please keep them safe as they may be useful. If not, do not worry! We can still investigate, as the prescription will likely be recorded with the hospital, your GP, or at the pharmacy.

 

What kind of compensation could I be entitled to for a prescription error claim?

 

Compensation for personal injuries varies immensely between individuals, based on the injuries caused and the lasting effects on you. Your claim would be valued with the use of independent expert input to assess the impact of any negligence upon you, both now and in the future.

In cases involving prescription errors, there can be a wide range of outcomes. In a case where the effect of the drugs was very short lived, without any consequences for future health, then the case may settle for £1,000 or more. However, in cases where serious injury has been caused, or cases where someone has died as a result of the effects of prescription error, the case may be worth £100,000 or more.

 

Are prescription errors classed as medical negligence?

 

Yes they are. A patient is owed a duty of care by medical professionals, and that includes when prescribing drugs or when a pharmacy is dispensing them.

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Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

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