Morrisons Pharmacy Wrong Medication Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation If Morrisons Pharmacy Dispenses The Wrong Medication?
How Much Could You Claim For A Wrong Medication Error By A Morrisons Pharmacy?
On this page, you’ll find a guide to making a compensation claim for harm caused to you by Morrisons Pharmacy negligence. The process of making a medical negligence claim is similar to that which a personal injury lawyer follows to make a personal injury claim. If you have read any of our other accident/injury guides, much of the same information will apply to a medical negligence claim.
If you have been prescribed the wrong medication or given the wrong medication due to a mistake at a pharmacy, this guide will try to explain how you could be eligible to make a claim. You may have questions that we have not been addressed in this guide and if so, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on 0800 073 8804.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Morrisons Pharmacy Negligence Claims
- What Is Wrong Medication Negligence By A Pharmacy?
- Statistics – How Common Pharmacy Wrong Medication Errors?
- Causes Of Wrong Medication Negligence Errors By Pharmacists
- Types Of Pharmacy And Chemist Errors
- How Could You Be Impacted By Wrong Medication Negligence?
- Preventing Harmful Mistakes Or Errors By Pharmacists
- Pharmacy Wrong Medication Negligence Compensation Claims
- Additional Compensation Claimable For Pharmacy Negligence
- No Win, No Fee Wrong Medication Negligence Claims Against Morrisons
- Why Choose Us To Handle Your Claim?
- Start A Pharmacy Negligence Claim Against Morrisons
- Essential Resources
A Guide To Morrisons Pharmacy Negligence Claims
If you visit a Morrisons Pharmacy and are given the wrong medication, then you could be in a position to make a compensation claim if your health suffers as a result. This guide will first show why you may be eligible to make a claim for clinical negligence, and secondly, why Morrisons could be liable to pay you compensation.
We begin this guide with a basic introduction to what medical negligence relating to pharmaceutical errors is, and why you could be edible to claim if you are the victim of such a mistake. We follow this up with some statistics related to pharmaceutical mistakes.
Next, we move on to look at some of the causes of medication errors, and also the types of mistakes that could be made during the dispensing process. You will find a discussion of the possible harmful effects of taking the wrong medication, or the wrong dose of the right medication. We finish this part of the guide by going over some of the steps that can be taken to ensure you do not become the victim of such a mistake.
The last part of this guide relates to specific facts about making a claim. We have provided you with a table that shows how much compensation you might be able to claim for different severities of illnesses. Following this table, we have given a list of some of the more commonly seen kinds of damages that could make up an overall settlement. Lastly, we have described how a No Win, No Fee agreement works and how such a legal service could help you to mitigate a lot of the financial risk attached to making a claim.
If you have any questions about the contents of this guide or the process of making a claim for a prescription error in general, then please call our team on 0800 073 8804. One of our advisors will answer your questions and also offer you further advice on how to proceed with a claim.
What Is Wrong Medication Negligence By A Pharmacy?
If you are the victim of a dispensing error by a Morrisons pharmacist, such as being given the wrong medication, then this guide is aimed at providing you with the advice you need to understand the process of making a claim. We start by looking at what a pharmaceutical error is, and why this could be construed as negligence when it harms a patient. Consider for a moment, that when a patient is prescribed medicine, they are counting on every person involved in the dispensing process to ensure that:
- They are given the right medication.
- They are instructed to take the right dose of medication, at the right times.
- That they are not allergic to the medication they were given.
- That the medication will not react adversely with any other medication that they are taking.
- That all instructions related to the medication are correct, clear and readable on the packaging.
When a mistake is made with any of these requirements, it can sometimes have life-threatening consequences for the patient. When a patient is harmed, the pharmacy may well have breached its duty of care to never harm a patient unnecessarily. If the patient can prove that a mistake was made, and the onus is on them to do this, they could be able to claim for the harm they have suffered. If you need to find out whether your claim could be valid or not, please speak to one of our team members to find out.
Statistics – How Common Pharmacy Wrong Medication Errors?
In this section, we will be using data that has been published by the University of Manchester and also by the NHS itself. This data relates to medical negligence in the form of pharmaceutical errors. From these sources, we find that:
- 11% of prescription errors are related to patients being provided with the wrong information on when to take the medication.
- 18% of prescription errors are related to the patient being told to take the wrong dose.
- 30% of prescription errors are related to the patient not being given adequate information on how to take the medication.
- One in 8 patients will be given a prescription with a mistake on it.
- In a study of 6,000 prescriptions, 1 in 20 of them had a mistake. 42% of these mistakes were minor, 54 were moderate, and 4% of them were deemed to be very serious.
Pharmaceutical errors appear to be a common failure in the UK based on this data. If you were to suffer a negative impact on your health due to a medication error, then a lawyer could help you to make a claim. Speak to our team for more information on how to proceed.
Causes Of Wrong Medication Negligence Errors By Pharmacists
When it comes to giving a patient the wrong medication, negligence can take many forms. There are several possible causes of pharmaceutical errors, such as:
- Poor communication between the prescribing doctor and the pharmacy.
- Poorly trained or inexperienced staff making up prescriptions.
- System errors, for example, a faulty label printer.
In general, a pharmaceutical mistake is made through error, oversight or omission. Regardless of the cause of the mistake, any patient injured by such negligence can attempt to claim damages for any adverse health effects they suffer. One of our advisors can provide you with advice on starting such a prescription negligence claim.
Types Of Pharmacy And Chemist Errors
There are many potential ways that a mistake can be made whilst going about a pharmacist’s duties, such as:
- Mistakes that are made when stocking shelves, putting the wrong medication in the wrong place or labelling them incorrectly.
- Picking and dispensing the wrong medication to give to a patient.
- Dispensing medication to a patient with the wrong instructions printed on the label.
- Giving a prescription meant for somebody else.
- Picking the right medication, but at the wrong dose.
All of these are examples of the kinds of mistakes that can be made by a pharmacist or its employees. In cases such as these, if it can be proven that a mistake was made and that the mistake caused harm to a patient, then a claim could be possible. If you would like to find out more about making a claim for a pharmaceutical error made by a Morrisons Pharmacy, please speak to our team. They will explain how such claims are similar to those handled by a personal injury solicitor, and how we can help.
How Could You Be Impacted By Wrong Medication Negligence?
In a similar vein to making personal injury claims, when you make a medical negligence claim you need to be able to prove you suffered harm at the hands of a third party. Consider for a moment the negative effects that an error made with your medication could have:
- Your illness will go untreated, meaning it could become worse.
- You might suffer an allergic reaction to the medication you were given.
- The medication you were given could react with another medication you are taking.
- If you are told to take too high of a dose, this could lead to an overdose.
These are all ways that taking the wrong medication could negatively impact your health. In cases such as these, if the injured party can prove that their pharmacist made a mistake, a claim could be possible.
Preventing Harmful Mistakes Or Errors By Pharmacists
Even though your pharmacist is responsible for ensuring that you receive the correct medication, and are given the right instructions on how to take it, there are still things you can do to minimise the chance of a pharmaceutical error affecting you. For example:
- Check the name and the dosage of the medication you are given against what is writing on the prescription your GP gave you.
- If your prescription is made up of multiple kinds of medication, check each individual box to make sure it has printed instruction on the outside and a further instruction leaflet inside the box.
- Ask the pharmacists about how the medication should be taken, at what dosage, and how frequently.
- If you have been taking a medication on a repeat prescription for some time, you could consider visiting your GP to check that the prescription is still applicable, or whether you can stop taking it.
- If you are taking other medication that the pharmacist doesn’t know about, you should tell them about it, so that they can make sure that it is safe to take both your current and the new medication at the same time.
These are all logical steps that you can take to protect yourself from pharmaceutical errors. Even though it is the responsibility of the pharmacists and the staff working in the pharmacy to ensure you receive the correct medication, these additional measures will act as a final check. If you are in any doubt about the medication you were given, be sure to talk to your pharmacists about it. If a mistake has been made it is better to deal with it right away, rather than become ill due to taking the wrong medication, and possible making a clinical negligence claim because of it
Pharmacy Wrong Medication Negligence Compensation Claims
You may have come across something like a personal injury claims calculator in the past. Such calculators help give you an idea of the value of your claim, but we find they can be tricky to use. Instead, we have created this table. It shows possible compensation ranges for different levels of illnesses caused by medication errors. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims.
Medical Condition Severity Info Payment
Illness Minor There would be different levels of disabling pain such as cramps, and also symptoms such as diarrhoea, which could last from days to weeks. £860 to £3,710
Illness Moderate Illnesses that would cause symptoms such as stomach cramps, dysfunction of the bowel, or fatigue. The victim would need to be hospitalised for treatment and a complete recovery could take a year to two years. £3,710 to £8,950
Illness Serious These are serious illnesses that only last a short time. These would have serious symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, fatigue, fever etc, and these symptoms would less over two to four weeks. However, there may be long-term problems such as the victim no longer enjoying food, or their sex life being negatively impacted. This could carry on for years or even forever. £8,950 to £18,020
Illness Severe An illness with severe long-term symptoms that could possibly be life-threatening. Including diarrhoea, high fever, muscle or stomach cramps, etc. £36,060 to £49,270
If you would like to get a more accurate estimate of the level of compensation that you could claim, then please speak to one of our claim advisors on 0800 073 8804.
Additional Compensation Claimable For Pharmacy Negligence
If you have been the victim of a pharmacy error when dispensing medication, and you make a successful compensation claim, then it is likely that the overall amount of compensation you receive will be made up of two heads of claim: general damages and special damages.
General damages are intended to compensate the victim for the physical and psychological harm inflicted by the injury or illness. These kinds of damages could include:
- Permanent disabilities and other medical conditions lowering the claimant’s quality of life.
- Painful treatment or a long period of recuperation, prolonging the claimant’s suffering.
- Psychological damage such as anxiety, new phobias, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- General pain, suffering and mental trauma.
Secondly, there are special damages. This head of claim is intended to compensate you for any financial losses or expenses incurred or those that you will incur in the future, as a direct result of the injury. Claims for special damages need to be backed up by evidence, such as invoices, receipts, or bills, so be sure to keep a record of everything. Losses could include:
- Lowered future earnings – if you will not be able to work at the same level you did before your medical problem, or if you cannot work at all.
- Loss of earnings – if you took time away from work and were not paid for it, or were only paid partially.
- Private medical fees – if you needed medical treatment that wasn’t available for free from the National Health Services (NHS).
- The cost of care – if you had to have a nurse help you at home, and you had to hire them privately.
- Out of pocket expenses – such as travel costs you incurred that you otherwise would not have.
If you would like to know what kinds of damages you might be able to claim for, you can speak to one of our advisors. Once they know a little about your claim, they should be able to give you a rough idea.
No Win, No Fee Wrong Medication Negligence Claims Against Morrisons
All of the solicitors on our panel can offer to run your claim under a No Win, No Fee agreement, which is formally termed a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA can help to protect the claimant financially and to ensure they have access to the legal help they need to pursue their claim.
Once you enter into a CFA with a solicitor, you won’t be asked to pay upfront fees or any fees during the time the solicitor is working on your claim for you. If your claim fails, you won’t need to pay any fees that your solicitor will have accrued to this point.
If your solicitor achieves a positive outcome for your claim, they may ask for a small contribution toward their fees. This is known as a success fee and would be deducted from the compensation awarded at the end of the claim. This success fee is legally capped and will be agreed with you before your claim begins.
For more information about making a No Win, No Fee claim, please speak to one of our advisors today on 0800 073 8804.
Why Choose Us To Handle Your Claim?
Just like personal injury claims, which have a personal injury claims time limit, medical negligence claims do too. To find out which time limit will apply in your case, you can speak to one of our team. When you do, they will explain the service we provide.
Our panel of solicitors has over thirty years of experience in handling medical negligence claims. They always strive to get you the maximum level of compensation possible, whilst providing you with all the legal help and advice you need. They insist on using plain and simple terms, with no legal jargon. If you ever want an update on the status of your claim, all you need to do is give them a call.
Start A Pharmacy Negligence Claim Against Morrisons
Here at Legal Expert, we don’t just help people who need to make a personal injury claim, our panel of solicitors is also experienced in processing medical negligence claims, such as those for pharmaceutical errors. If your health has suffered due to Morrisons Pharmacy negligence, please contact our claims team on 0800 073 8804. One of our advisors will talk you through our claims process and offer you some free legal advice on how best to get your claim started. They can answer any questions you have about your claim or the claims process in general, and also explain how a No Win, No Fee solicitor can help you to get the compensation you are eligible for.
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Written by Wheeler
Edited by Billing