For any medical professional, handling medications carriesa heavy burden of responsibility. It is absolutelycrucial 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, extremely serious effects can and do result.
If you feel that a prescription or medication error has caused you harm, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation due to medical negligence.
When you engage our services, we will help establish the type of medication negligence that has occurred; these include:
- Wrong medication dispensed — your Doctor may have given you the right prescription, but the dispensary 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 or GP makes an error and gives you the wrong strength or quantity of medication, serious implications can arise. Too little medication can mean that your condition remains effectively untreated and you develop further symptoms. Too much can result in a dangerous overdose.
- Usage being extended — If the duration or course of medication prescribed is too long due to medical error, it may be damaging. Thiscan also occur when repeat prescriptions are givenwithout the Doctor consulting with the patient on a regular basis. It also follows that taking a drug for too short a time may mean your condition is prolonged or may even intensify.
- Allergic reactions — if you have reacted badly to a drug in the past, or have just recently developed an allergy, your Doctor needs to act accordingly. This information must be entered intoyour medical notes to ensure that you are not given the same medication again. The Doctor also needs to act fast if you develop a new allergic reaction that puts your health at risk.
- Combining drugs — Doctor should know that combining certain medications can be dangerous. For this reason, he or she should always check your present combination is safe. If this is not done, and serious complications occur, this is medical negligence.
If you have suffered any of the above errors, or one similar, you potentially have a claim for medication error compensation. You should consult our claims experts as soon as possible, as strict time limits apply.
Please note that we do not deal with claims against the pharmaceutical industry for the manufacturing or testing of drugs/medication and any side effects suffered as a result of taking medication.