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.
- Usage being extended — a course of treatment should be taken for a certain amount of time. If you take it for too long due to medical error, it may be damaging. This can often occur when repeat prescriptions are given without the Doctor consulting with the patient on a regular basis. Of course, it also follows that taking a drug for too short a time can also have a knock-on effect, as the condition for which you are being treated may be prolonged or 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. Obviously it must be entered onto your file 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 — some drugs are fine to mix, but your Doctor should know that combining certain medications can be dangerous. For this reason, he or she should always check to see that your present combination is safe. If this is not done, and serious complications occur, damage can be done.
If any of the above scenarios sound similar to something that has happened to you, then you potentially have a claim for medication error compensation. You should consult our claims experts as soon as possible, as time limits do 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 such medication.