Compensation Claims for Prescribing Errors
Our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors help people bring compensation claims for prescribing errors. Compensation can be claimed where a patient has received their wrong medication, or the wrong dosage of their medicine, due to Medical Negligence.
We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.
Drug errors can occur in a multitude of ways, just a few listed below.
Prescribing error by a GP or Hospital Doctor
With the best will in the world, prescribing errors and dispensing mistakes happen. Sometimes a doctor may write the wrong drug on a prescription (a prescribing mistake), or the right drug but at the wrong dosage.
Dispensing error by at a Chemist or Pharmacy
At other times, a chemist will dispense the wrong drug, or the wrong dosage, by misreading a prescription (a dispensing mistake). Often the harm to a patient is short lasting and mild, although unpleasant. However, sometimes such errors can have far more serious consequences.
If you have had a problem with your medication, do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors
Various drugs can be prescribed for too long, in too high doses, or there can be a failure by a GP or Hospital to properly monitor a patient taking a medication, to ensure they are not suffering from side effects that can lead to injury, at times irreversible. There are a few examples below:
Lithium is prescribed for mental health disorders, but failure to monitor a patient’s health through regular blood tests, can lead to kidney failure and worse. See our separate webpage for more detailed information. Click here: Lithium Compensation Claims
Our Director, Caroline Moore, is known for her work in the field of benzodiazepine litigation. Generally, such drugs should only be prescribed for acute episodes of severe anxiety, or very short-term use for sleep disorders, and in small doses for some epilepsy patients. However, unfortunately, there continues to be misprescribing falling outside the recommended guidelines, resulting in patients becoming long-term addicts, through no fault of their own. See our separate webpage, for detailed information. Click here: Benzodiazepine litigation
At Medical Solicitors, one story we have heard more than once from our clients is that they were offered an injection while in hospital to control diabetes, but they were no diabetic! Happily, the patients realised and did not consent. In such cases, there is no claim, because thankfully no actual harm has resulted. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Most people may recall the widely reported and shocking case of Wayne Jowett, a leukaemia sufferer, who was in remission, when a junior doctor injected the right drug but did so in the wrong manner. the doctor injected the drug into Mr Jowett’s spine instead of a vein. Tragically, the apprentice mechanic died a month later after suffering a slow and agonising death. His claim settled for a significant amount of compensation.
Reporting Dug Errors
Anyone can report such problems to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This is done via the ‘Yellow Card’ reporting scheme for which click here. The MHRA, may investigate the problem depending on how serious it is. It’ll be recorded to help prevent similar incidents in future, even if it’s not investigated.
However, do speak to our friendly team to help you through the process and look at whether or not compensation should be claimed. We have particular expertise in these kinds of cases. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.
Follow our links below to quickly access our information pages about how we can help with compensation claims for prescribing errors or dispensing mistakes, funding a medical negligence claim, Inquests, and more:
Follow our links below to quickly access our information pages about how we can help with: a complaint about care, funding a medical negligence claim and more:
- defining your needs after poor medical care
- complaining about care
- funding a medical negligence claim
- Conditional fee agreements
- Time limits
- How are claims settled?
The following are just a few examples of past successful compensation claims for prescribing errors.
Clearly, if the wrong drug is prescribed and leads to the death or permanent disability of a high earner then the amount of compensation would be very high indeed. The following are some lower value claims.
£10,000 for a geriatrician who was prescribed epilepsy tablets instead of pain relieving medication.
£3,250 for being prescribed too high a dose of methotrexate over a short period.
£2,500 for a gentleman who was prescribed water tablets instead of steroids leading to him feeling very unwell for a short period.
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