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When we fall ill, we are often prescribed medicine to make us better. In the vast majority of cases the medical professionals successfully cure their patients’ illnesses. There are, however, many different ways in which patients can end up taking the wrong medicine through no fault of their own, sometimes with quite devastating results.
At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors our team of solicitors has a wealth of experience in securing compensation for clients who have been the victim of a prescription error.
There are different circumstances in which medicines can be mis-prescribed. For example if a course of medication is prescribed for too long of a period, without review, then harmful side effects can cause injury to the patient. This type of error is most likely to occur where a patient is allowed to keep ordering repeat prescriptions without being subject to a medication review.
Quite often the same medication is available in several different doses and mistakes happen when either a GP prescribes the incorrect dose or a pharmacist misreads the prescription and supplies the incorrect dose to the patient. It has also happened that an adult dose has been prescribed to a child in error.
Contact our expert team today to arrange a free initial consultation at any of our offices, in Newcastle, Cramlington, Ashington and Sunderland, or alternatively at your home, to discuss your particular requirements.
Allergic reactions can also be a problem. If you have been found to be allergic to a particular drug in the past it should be clearly noted on your medical records and you should not be prescribed with any medication in the future containing the ingredient you are allergic to.
Serious reactions can also occur if a patient is prescribed with two medications which should not be taken together. There are even cases where a pharmacist has simply dispensed the wrong type of medication in error.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court. For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
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