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Prescription errors

Every day hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written in the UK as part of the service provided by healthcare professionals.

Unfortunately mistakes can be made in any area of healthcare and the prescription service is no exception. Prescription errors can result in a person becoming disabled either mentally or physically and can also result in death.

What are prescription errors?

Prescriptions are decided by your healthcare professional and are then dispensed by another healthcare professional which can result in a number of errors occurring.  Prescription errors can result in:

  • Brain damage;

  • Digestive problems including stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding;

  • Blindness;

  • Psychological illness;

  • Death;

  • Allergic reaction.

Prescription errors can include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorrect medicine being prescribed by the doctor;

  • Incorrect dosage;

  • Incorrect spelling by the doctor resulting in the incorrect medicine being given;

  • Incorrect labelling by the pharmacist;

  • Unsupervised repeat prescription.

Medical care and rehabilitation

Medical care for errors made in relation to prescriptions can range from being monitored to effects resulting in death. The range of errors and medicines are extremely vast.  Every case will be different depending on the facts.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

As prescriptions are made when your healthcare professional has considered all the circumstances of the medicine including symptoms and allergies, giving someone the wrong medicine can be very harmful sometimes to the extent of making a person disabled or even resulting in the death of the patient.

Some people who suffer from prescription errors require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can support you and work closely with you. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

  • Charities and support groups.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.

Can I claim compensation for a prescription error?

Prescription errors can be made by a number of healthcare professionals and can vary greatly in the effect they have on a patient. If you have experienced a prescription error, and have suffered injury as a result of that error then we may be able to help you make a claim.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.


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