Dealing with medications is an extremely demanding job. When a medical professional is prescribing drugs, it is absolutely crucial that they make sure that the right medicine is given, in the right dosage, and to the correct person. If a mistake is made, it can have far-reaching, and potentially devastating, consequences for the patient.
How do medication errors occur?
Not all medication errors have dramatic results, and some may not even be detected. However, serious effects can result. They are usually due to a medical professional writing up an incorrect prescription, the wrong drugs being given out, or inaccurate quantities administered.
If you feel that a prescription or medication error has caused you harm, it is possible for you to make a claim for compensation due to medical negligence.
Before you consult a claims expert for help with making your bid for compensation, you need to be clear on the area under which you will be making the claim. Take a look at the categories below and see which one your situation fits into:
- Wrong medication dispensed – your doctor may have given you the right prescription but the dispensary could have made an error. They may have given you the wrong drug, an incorrect quantity or even put the wrong label on the pack. The result could be that you have taken a drug that will not only be potentially harmful but it will likely not assist your condition.
- Inaccurate dosage – nearly every medication prescribed comes complete with detailed and precise dosage instructions. If your doctor of G.P. makes an error and gives you the wrong strength of drug, or tells you to take too many or too few, again, serious implications can arise. Too little mediation can mean that your condition goes untreated and you develop further symptoms. Too much can result in a dangerous overdose.
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