Prescription Error Negligence Claims
With over one billion items being prescribed every year in England and Wales, it isn’t surprising that sometimes mistakes can happen when they are dispensed. However, receiving incorrect medication isn’t like picking up the wrong brand of milk at the supermarket. The results can cause illness, injury, and even death. What is prescription error negligence, and what should you do if you believe you have been the victim of it?
What is Prescription Error Negligence?
Medical negligence is when avoidable errors lower the standard of care you receive to a level where it is just unacceptable. Care can be negligent without causing injury, although for a compensation claim to be successful, both need to occur. Prescription error negligence falls into one of two categories: errors made when prescribing medication, and mistakes made when dispensing it.
Prescription errors can include:
- Prescribing medication to which a patient has a known allergy.
- Prescribing medication which conflicts another type the patient is taking.
- Prescribing an inappropriate medication.
- Prescribing the wrong dose of medicine, or advising a patient to take it too frequently or not often enough.
- Allowing a repeat prescription to continue for an extended period without reviewing the patient.
- Not including sufficient details on the prescription, or using illegible handwriting.
Dispensing errors can include:
- Mixing up patient prescriptions.
- Making mistakes when labelling medication.
- Neglecting to ensure the patient is aware of how, and how frequently, they should administer the medication.
- Failing to keep records of what has been dispensed to each patient.
- Failing to challenge or question a prescription a pharmacist feels is inappropriate, or potentially harmful.
- Having inadequate control over suppliers to ensure no fake medication is purchased.
- Keeping medication at the wrong temperature, or not informing patients how to store their medicine correctly.
The results of prescription error negligence can be minimal, or they can cause serious illness and potentially be life-threatening. If you believe you, or someone you care for, has been harmed by prescription error negligence, get in touch with lawyers at The Medical Negligence Experts today.
How Can We Help?
Our experienced solicitors appreciate that when clients make their first enquiry they may still be recovering from their illness, and feel hurt and angry about the substandard healthcare they have received. The first job is to investigate and assess your situation to determine whether you have grounds for a valid claim – that is, whether we can prove your care was negligent, and that you were injured as a result.
Once we know you have a claim we will get the necessary evidence together and submit it to the other party with your compensation request. A compensation claim isn’t just about having your expenses paid; it is about obtaining acknowledgement that you were failed by those you trusted.
Even if you are unsure whether you want to proceed with a claim, it is worth seeking legal advice from The Medical Negligence Experts as early as possible. There is a statutory time limit on making a claim, and the better informed you are, the more appropriate your decisions can be.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today to see how we can help you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: the level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Expert, Friendly Solicitors
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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