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To make a successful wrong prescription claim, you will need expert legal advice and representation from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
It is vitally important that when prescribing medications, the medical professional ensures that the type of medicine, the dosage and the instructions given are all correct for the patient in question.
Mistakes, though rare, can happen and can have serious consequences for the individual taking the medicine. Either through side effects or from their condition not being treated.
If you have received the wrong prescription, incorrect dosage or incorrect instructions, you could make a wrong prescription compensation claim.
If you have been prescribed the wrong medication to cure or ease your symptoms or ailment, you may be entitled to make a wrong prescription claim. There are several circumstances which can lead to you or a loved one being able to make a claim for wrong medication compensation. These include:
A prescription error is any instance where a mistake has been made in relation to a person receiving their prescription medication. The NHS classes incorrect medication as a ‘patient safety incident’.
For a prescription error to amount to negligence, and potentially lead to a claim it would need to be proved that the error led to a reduction in the probability of any treatment being effective, or if harm came to the person taking the incorrectly prescribed medication.
There are predominately two occasions where you may experience an incorrect prescription. When the prescription is given, and when the medicine is received.
Being prescribed the wrong medication can, in the worst cases, be life-threatening and cause patients to be hospitalised. Examples of this would include when patients are allergic to a medication they have been prescribed, causing a severe reaction. Or where prescribed medicine conflicts with another the patient is already taking, causing severe side effects and/or potentially limiting the effectiveness of one or both of the medicines.
However, even cases which are not life-threatening can still cause severe side effects such as nausea, headaches, fatigue, light-headedness, as well as problems sleeping and concentrating. The exact possible side effects will be dependent on the medicines prescribed and any combination of these. The longer the period over which the wrong prescriptions continue to be taken the more severe are the side-effects likely to be. This is in addition to the risk of more long-term health risks.
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As with all claims of medical negligence, you have three years from when the negligence occurred to bring forward a claim. This could either be three years from the date of the negligent act, or three years from when you became aware of negligence taking place.
Trying to bring forward a claim after three years have elapsed is extremely difficult, and is most likely not going to be successful. There are however some exceptions to the time limit. For example, if the person is under 18, or if the person in question lacks mental capacity.
If the person is under 18, the time limit will only come into effect once they turn 18.
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For cases of medical negligence, the amount of compensation you could receive in a settlement will vary greatly from case to case. The amount received as part of a settlement will depend on a variety of factors such as how severely the negligence has impacted in terms of injuries suffered, as well as how large an effect those injuries have had on your day-to-day life.
If you are no longer able to work for example, you could be entitled to significant compensation, which is calculated based on the loss of earnings you are now expected to face.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke-causing life-limiting disability.
At Blackwater Law, we understand the negative effects and mental stress that taking a wrong prescription can have on you and your family. We also appreciate that the notion of paying legal fees for representation can mean you are put off claiming the compensation you may be entitled to. That is why we undertake all medical negligence claims on a no-win, no-fee basis.