We are all used to visiting the doctor or the dentist and getting a prescription. Very often, we do not give it a second thought; we take the drugs without checking the product or the strength. Whatever is written on the pack with regard to dosage instructions, we faithfully follow. But what if we do this and an error was made when the prescription was written up by the doctor, or dispensed by the chemist? The results may be slight if we are lucky, but if not, potentially devastating consequences can occur.

A doctor giving the wrong prescription

If your doctor makes a mistake and gives the wrong drug for your condition; something to which you are allergic without checking your record; an incorrect strength or dosage or medication for a condition that you do not actually have, this can be termed as clinical negligence. Your illness may worsen, you may suffer a severe reaction or your health may be dramatically negated. Worst of all, the error could prove fatal.

Dispensary making an error

Your G.P. or medical practitioner may have acted correctly, but what if the dispensing chemist makes an error? They may give you someone else’s prescription, fill up with the wrong product, give the wrong quantity or put incorrect dosage instructions on the pack. Again, either of these can have devastating consequences and your health may suffer badly.

You can make a claim for prescription errors, whether you are treated privately or under the NHS. You or a member of your family can make the claim. Time limits do apply, so always act as quickly as possible.

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Proof of medical negligence

Once you contact a claims expert, they will look at the details of the case and find the best way of proving medical negligence. You will need to give them precise and detailed facts and carefully describe how you were affected, what losses you suffered and what the impact of the prescription error was long term. You may also be able to claim for lost earnings, travel expenses, physical or mental pain and stress suffered.

Time limits

As with all cases for medical compensation due to prescription error, time limits apply. You normally have a period of 3 years from which to make your claim, so you should always consult with our claims experts as soon as possible. The time taken to settle your claim will vary, and a lot will depend on whether or not the other party accept liability. However, no matter how many months it takes, it is always well worth making a claim for compensation in order to minimise your losses and make up for the pain and stress suffered.

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