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Could I Claim Prescription Errors Compensation?

Did you know that prescription errors compensation could potentially be possible if you were given the wrong medication? A pharmacy or hospital owe their patients a duty of care. As part of this duty, they must provide you with a certain level of care. If medical negligence led to you being provided with the incorrect medication and this caused you harm, you could be eligible to pursue a claim for prescription errors compensation. This article explains how you could claim damages for a mistake like this.

Prescription errors compensation claims guide

Prescription errors compensation claims guide

This guide aims to provide the information that you need to start a claim. However, if you have any questions on prescription error compensation as you read the sections below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

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  1. What Medication Errors Could You Claim For?
  2. What Are The Effects Of Prescription Errors?
  3. Limitation Periods For Prescription Errors Compensation Claims
  4. Am I Eligible To Make Prescription Errors Compensation Claim?
  5. Calculate How Much Your Prescription Errors Compensation Payout Could Be
  6. Get Help From Our No Win No Fee Claims Team

What Medication Errors Could You Claim For?

A medication error is when a pharmacy, GP, nurse or doctor fails to prescribe, dispense, administer, or monitor the right medication to a patient. Prescribing errors can involve:

  • Over or under-prescribing a medication
  • Prescribing the wrong dose
  • Omitting to prescribe a medication
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or at the wrong time
  • Incorrectly diagnosing a medicinal need
  • Using an unauthorised drug or branded version as a substitute
  • Failing to check compatibility with other medications
  • Storing medications incorrectly which renders them harmful
  • Mixing prescriptions or imputing patient information incorrectly (administrative errors)
  • A hospital or care home administering the wrong prescription medication to a resident

Doctors and hospital staff have a duty of care to perform their role with the same degree of competence expected of any other typical practitioner. Also, pharmacists are bound by the Medicines Act 1968.

Furthermore, healthcare providers report ‘patient safety incidents’ (PSI) if they accidentally (or deliberately) administer the wrong medicine and the patient becomes sick.

Not all medication errors will qualify a patient to claim medical negligence compensation. Call our claims team today for free legal advice and have your case assessed with no obligation.

What Are The Effects Of Prescription Errors?

The effects of prescription errors can range from no side effects at all to extreme and life-threatening depending on the patient. In addition to preventing the original health problem from being properly treated, wrong medication can create new health problems. Adverse drug reactions can include:

  • Skin rashes and irritation
  • Nausea and drowsiness
  • Confusion and visual disturbances
  • Mental health problems
  • Vomiting and stomach pain/cramps
  • Organ damage
  • Anaphylactic shock or death

Symptoms such as this may take time to present themselves. In view of this, it’s important to raise any concerns about your medication as soon as you feel something is wrong.

How Many People Are Impacted By Medication Errors?

According to the British Medical Journal approximately 237 million medication errors are made in England every year. Researchers calculated that “avoidable” mistakes with medication costs the NHS over £98 million every year and over 1700 lives. Other statistics state that:

  • 54% of errors happen at the point of administration
  • 1 in 5 (21%) were at the point of prescribing
  • Dispensing errors account for 16%
  • Error rates are highest in care homes (42%)
  • 3 out of 4 medication errors (72%) are minor
  • 1 in 4 (just under 26%) have the potential to cause moderate harm
  • In addition to this, 2% could result in serious harm

Source : https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/237-million-medication-errors-made-every-year-in-england/

Limitation Periods For Prescription Errors Compensation Claims

There is a three-year compensation time limit for making a medical negligence claim. This starts from the date of your injury or the date of awareness that medical negligence caused you harm and applies to NHS or private healthcare givers.

These periods vary for children or those who lack the capacity to represent themselves. In cases such as this, you can claim on their behalf as a litigation friend.

Am I Eligible To Make Prescription Errors Compensation Claim?

If a pharmacist, GP, nurse or doctor incorrectly prescribed or administered the wrong medication because they did not adhere to professional standards, it is possible to seek damages for any harm caused. How can prescription errors occur:

  • Not listening to the patient therefore misdiagnosing the symptoms
  • Not checking that the medication prescribed does not affect other medication
  • Issued an adult dose to a child
  • Failed to properly consult patient notes which led to an allergic reaction
  • Told to take too much which caused an overdose

With this in mind, it’s necessary at the start to be clear who could be responsible for the prescription error (pharmacy staff or GP, for example). Then you can look at how the duty of care owed to you may have been breached and how it may have prompted your injuries. Call our team to have your claim for prescription errors compensation evaluated for free.

Calculate How Much Your Prescription Errors Compensation Payout Could Be

Medical negligence settlements can include general and special damages. General damages reflect the pain and suffering experienced as a result of your injuries. As well as this, they take into account the impact wrong medication problems have had on your quality of life.

Below are some figures from the Judicial College Guidelines which is a document often used to help value compensation claims.

type of injuryhow severe?Judicial College Guideline award bracketsupporting notes
brainless severe brain damage (d)£14,380 to £40,410poor concentration, mood issues and interference with normal life
skindermatitis of the hand (c) Up to £3,710short-lived rashes or skin irritation
eyesightminor eye injuries (h)£3,710 to £8,200pain or temporary visual impairment
chest injuries heart and lung damage£94,470 to £140,870Removal of a lung(s) and damage affecting the heart.
psychiatricmoderate to severe£17,900 to £51,460illness that prevents a return to work
psychiatricmoderate in nature£5,500 to £17,900improvements have already begun
respiratorylung disease (a)£94,470 to £127,530progressive disability leading to premature death
respiratorylung disease (c)£51,420 to £65,710prolonged coughing and restriction of activities
respiratorylung disease (d)£29,380 to £51,460breathing issues and impact on work or social life
non traumatic-injurySevere toxicosis £36,060 to £49,270requiring hospital admission

Each case varies when calculating clinical negligence claims, therefore please note these amounts represent guidelines only.

Special damages for prescription errors compensation claims

Special damages are calculated separately based on proof. They allow you to seek compensation for any past and future financial losses associated with your injury. They can only be claimed if you qualify for general damages. Therefore, this could include:

  • Lost earnings
  • Additional care costs
  • Travel expenses to hospital or work
  • Medical expenses
  • Child care provision
  • Any essential adaptations to your lifestyle

It’s necessary to provide evidence of these monetary losses, such as payslips or receipts. A clinical negligence solicitor can also help you calculate future or predicted costs that could arise from the repercussions of a prescription error. So why not call our team to see what you could include as part of your prescription errors compensation claim?

Get Help From Our No Win No Fee Claims Team

In conclusion, at Legal Expert, we offer a service whereby you can connect with immediate expert help. Your claim could begin in minutes with one simple phone call in which you could be connected to a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor.

When a medical negligence solicitor works under a No Win No Fee agreement, there is no requirement to pay upfront fees. Successful cases need a maximum fee of 25%. Furthermore, should the case not win, there are no fees to pay to your solicitors at all.

Learn more by getting in touch with us on the contact details below. Find out how a No Win No Fee solicitor could help your medical negligence claim.

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