When we fall ill, we are often prescribed medicine to make us better. In the vast majority of cases the medical professionals happily cure our ills.
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, we have a wealth of experience in securing compensation for our clients who have been the victim of a prescription error.
It’s an often complicated area of the legal system and our expert team of solicitors can guide you through the process with ease.
There are many different ways in which incorrect medicines can be prescribed.
If a course of medication is prescribed for too long of a period, this can cause injuries as some medication has harmful side effects if it is taken over a long period of time. This type of error is most likely to occur where a patient is allowed to keep ordering repeat prescriptions without being examined by a doctor.
Quite often the same medication is available in several different doses and mistakes can 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.
Allergic reactions are also a common 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. Mistakes do happen though and serious side effects can occur if a person takes medication they are allergic to.
Serious reactions can also occur if a patient is prescribed with two medications which should not be taken together. This happens most frequently when a patient is prescribed with a new medication without checks being carried out to check if the patient is already taking any other medication.
There are even cases where a pharmacist has simply dispensed the wrong type of medication in error.
Whatever the situation, you can be assured that at Browell Smith & Co we have the appropriate expertise to make sure you, or your loved ones, recover the compensation you deserve.
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.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
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.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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