Slater and Gordon Lawyers provide expert legal advice about claiming compensation following a prescription drug error or a medication dispensing mistake. Please call our clinical and medical negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or start your claim online and we’ll call you at a convenient time.
Research published by university academics in 2018 found that over 230 million medication mistakes a year took place in the NHS, including prescription drug errors.
While many medication errors cause harm only for a short period, some result in serious injury, illness and even death. The report showed that an average of 712 deaths a year were linked to adverse reactions to drugs, while 4.8 million medication errors a year can cause severe harm to patients.
Prescription mistakes can be made by GPs or hospital doctors writing the wrong letter on a prescription or chart, or by pharmacies giving out the wrong drugs. Most dispensing errors occur at the chemist, although a growing number are taking place in nursing and care homes in the UK.
Common prescription drug errors
Slater and Gordon has handled a large number of prescription negligence claims for our clients, many of which have involved:
- The wrong dose or strength of a drug being administered, sometimes leading to overdose
- The wrong drug being prescribed
- A patient receiving someone else’s medication
- Incorrect labels used on prescriptions and other medication
- Computer errors causing medication errors
- Warfarin/Heparin dose errors leading to pulmonary embolism and even death
- Drugs administered intravenously instead of intramuscularly
Medication errors are not to be taken lightly. Instead of helping to make a patient well or treating a condition, the wrong medication can seriously worsen existing conditions or lead to new medical problems developing. In some cases, the patient is left in severe pain or seriously ill. In the worst instances, patients can die - even if they were only seeking treatment for a relatively minor complaint.
If you or a close family member has been a victim of negligence when receiving medication from a GP, chemist, hospital or private doctor, you could be entitled to compensation. Please call our prescription negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or make an enquiry via our online contact form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and to offer our expert advice on your case.
Children and medication errors
Children can be particularly vulnerable to prescription or medication mistakes. When prescribing or dispensing drugs to a child, it's important to always consider their age and weight to determine a safe dosage. Sadly, this isn’t always done by medical staff. Mistakes can happen due to lack of care or concentration, or due to incompetence or a lack of training. In many hospitals and medical facilities staff are under immense pressure during busy periods - which can lead to preventable mistakes.
You and your family have the right to expect a certain standard of care when you seek treatment from a medical professional. The appropriate safety measures must be taken when prescribing or administering medication to children. If this doesn’t happen, you could have a claim for compensation.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have secured compensation in a large number of claims where prescription, medication and dispensing errors have caused injury, disability or loss. For help and advice, please call our prescription negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or claim online.
Choose Slater and Gordon for specialist legal advice
When it comes to successfully claiming compensation for wrong prescriptions or other mistakes, it’s crucial to have an expert on your side. Slater and Gordon’s solicitors have many years' experience in this specific area of medical and clinical negligence, so are perfectly placed to help. Our prescription negligence solicitors have successfully represented many victims of medical mistakes made by GPs, NHS Trusts and private doctors, securing compensation that has made a huge difference to those affected by medical negligence.
We have offices throughout the UK and can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support for prescription claims wherever you’re based across the country. If you’re unable to visit us in person because you’re too unwell, we can help by phone on freephone 0808 175 8000, and home and hospital visits can also be arranged in these circumstances.
When it comes to expertise, we can’t be beaten. Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and best-known consumer law firms, and we’re particularly known for our breadth of experience and reputation in the field of personal injury claims. We’re specialists at what we do, and our top priority is always to secure the very best outcome for our clients and their families.
No Win, No Fee prescription negligence claims
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a prescription drug mistake or dispensing error, contact us for an initial consultation and we'll be happy to help you.
If the financial cost of claiming compensation is a concern, we can offer reassurance on this point as 98% of our clinical and medical negligence claims are handled on a No Win, No Fee basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement.
What this essentially means for you is there’s no financial risk, so you can start your claim with the knowledge and confidence that there’s nothing to pay unless your case is won. You won’t be faced with any unexpected bills or legal costs, so you can focus on your recovery and minimise the stress of the legal process.
To find out more about our No Win, No Fee services and whether your case is eligible, simply call our prescription negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 - this line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you ever need to get in touch. If you prefer, you can contact us online and we’ll arrange to call you back at a convenient time.
Starting prescription negligence claims
The first thing to do if you believe you’ve been a victim of medical negligence is to seek reliable legal advice. We offer an initial consultation to evaluate the circumstances of your case and to help you understand whether or not you’ve a claim for compensation.
Our solicitors will take all the details, including when and where the mistake happened, what effect it had on the patient and which medical staff or facilities were involved. Using this information, we’ll help you to proceed with your claim and handle the next stages on your behalf. This may involve accessing medical records and gathering other evidence to support your case, as well as calling on the services of medical experts. We’ll explain each stage of the process clearly to help you understand what’ll come next.