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When we fall ill, we are often prescribed medicine to make us better. In the vast majority of cases, 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.
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Repeatedly prescribing medication without regular check-ups – 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. Prescribing medication you’re allergic to – 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. Prescribing the wrong dosage – 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. Prescribing medication that clashes with other medication – Serious reactions can also occur if a patient is prescribed with two medications which should not be taken together.
Handing out the wrong medication – Medication could have been put in the wrong place when being dispensed and therefore could end up in the hands of the wrong person. Labelling medication incorrectly – If medication is labelled incorrectly the consequences can be extremely serious. Dispensing the wrong dosage – There can also be issues with a different dosage amount being dispensed to the amount which has been prescribed.
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As with all claims for a Medical Negligence compensation claim, 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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