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As we continue to witness medical advances and breakthroughs in medicine, the number of medication options available to medical professionals increases. Quite unfortunately, this creates room for more mistakes being made. Take for instance, if a patient is prescribed a large amount of medication, the chances of a mistake increase.
Also, as the number of medication options increase, the level of knowledge of medical professionals may decrease. It is obvious that if there are more options for a doctor to remember/know about, there is a higher chance a mistake may be made.
When a medication error is identified, it is crucial that you act fast. Try to attend a local health provider for advice as soon as possible. The effect of medication errors can be very serious but if you take quick action the effects might be reduced.
Inappropriate prescribing could lead to very daring consequences in a patients life including adverse drug reaction (ADR). Simply put, when inappropriate prescriptions are made, the risks outweighs the benefits of the medication. Doctors who lack proper understanding of the relation between the pathophysiology of patients problem and the mechanism of action of drug are most likely to commit these prescribing faults.
Ineffective prescribing occurs when a doctor prescribes a drug/medication that is at best ineffective. The medication prescribed here is neither effective for the indication in general nor for the patient specifically.
This is a failure to prescribe drugs/medication that are appropriate, or the prescription of very low dosage of appropriate drugs. The resulting condition here could be further deterioration of patients health and certain unwanted effects.
Overprescribing is simply prescribing an extremely high dosage. This is true when you doctor prescribes too much drugs, increased frequency of medication or unnecessarily longer period of medication. For example, dosage that leads to overuse of antibiotics
How Can We Help With Your Medication errors Claim?
Our medical negligence claim solicitors are specialists in claims relating to medication errors. They have enormous experience handling medical negligence cases and you can rest assured that if you speak to one of our solicitors today, you will receive nothing short of an expert advice.
The moment you contact us, we will critically investigate your claim to understand if you have grounds for such claims. If we are confident that you should proceed further, you will be advised and we will move on to lodge your legal claim and represent you in court if need be.
In most cases, your healthcare provider is contacted and investigations are made into how and why you have suffered unnecessary pain and suffering.
If you need urgent advice on your situation, our medical negligence claim solicitors are always on hand to help you. They will provide you with a free assessment of your claims and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Making Medication Errors Compensation Claim
Medication errors and incorrect drug treatments can have debilitating impact on a person’s life. If you or your loved ones have had to suffer the consequences of medication or prescribing errors, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
Our team of medical negligence experts can help you understand your legal options to achieve the best possible outcome. Your compensation claims ensures you are financially equipped to enjoy a better quality of life.
For a successful medication errors claim, we will need to be able to prove that:
- there was indeed a medication error
- the medication error caused an injury or some harm that would not otherwise have occurred
It would interest you to know that our medical negligence lawyers will provide you with a no obligation assessment of your claim. What this means is that you compensation claims are carried out on a No Win, No Fee basis. Feel free to contact us anytime.
What compensation can I expect to receive for my claim for medication errors?
For any form of medication errors in the UK, you may be able to claim medical negligence compensation for such errors. Whether it is a wrong prescription, an overdose, an underdose, or worse case scenario where medication errors results in unexpected death, you are entitled to receive a compensation.
However compensation differs based on how significant or severe an injury is. In this regard, our medical negligence experts use a medical negligence claim calculator to give you an estimated value of your claim. With that you can have an idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to, as well as determine if the claim is worth pursuing.
Feel free to contact us today to discuss your claim.
What is the cost of medication errors claim?
Here at nhsnegligenceclaim.com, you are only required to pay our fees if you have successfully received a compensation claim for medication errors. Our services are provided on a ‘no win, no fee‘ basis.
For successful claims, you will be charged a small percentage of your total compensation award to cover the costs of the investigation and the legal work performed. For unsuccessful claims, this fee is waived
What are the most common medication errors?
While medication errors can occur in a plethora of instances, our medical negligence solicitors have found these ones below to be some of the most common errors popular in healthcare settings today.
- drug overdose due to a doctor or pharmacist’s mistake
- wrong prescription given as a result of an oversight
- computer error
- birth defects in child from drugs given to mothers during pregnancy
- toxic drug interactions
- conditions resulting from improper monitoring of drugs used to treat chronic illnesses such as asthma, hypertension and psychiatric illness
- stroke resulting from drugs used to treat heart attack
- hearing loss from Gentamicin toxicity
- Incorrect labels
- Inadequate anaesthesia prior to surgery
- Drug administered intravenously rather than intramuscularly
What are the consequences of medication errors?
Consequences for patients:
Consequences of medication errors for patients run from no notable effects to more irreversible damages like death. In most instances, patients tend to suffer a new condition that is either temporary or permanent. For example, itching, rashes, or skin disfigurement and possible death.
Medication errors could greatly impact the quality of life of victims and by extension their loved ones. Take for instance when a person suffers stroke as a result of medication errors, they risk losing their source of livelihood and may become dependent on others. This is why most person pursue compensation claims for medical negligence.
Consequences for Healthcare providers:
Doctors, nurses and pharmacists who unintentionally prescribe the wrong medication to patients could suffer guilt and self-doubt for the rest of their lives. In most cases, they are known as the second victims as they experience emotional distress close to that of their victims.
More so, when patients or patients’ family members learn about the medication errors, they can decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the healthcare professional for such negligence. Worse still, the healthcare provider faces possible revoke of his/her license.
Consequences for Healthcare institution/hospitals
Healthcare organizations can also face huge legal charges from patients or patients’ family members as a result of medication errors. If the staff involved in the error (medical professional) is employed in the hospital, the organization may also need to bear the consequences such as increased cost of unplanned prolonged treatment. Additionally, depending on the error, even big institutions like the NHS can also be sued.
Can I make a medical negligence claim for medication errors?
What to do if doctor prescribed wrong medication?
First thing you need to do is seek out some of the best medical negligence claim solicitors in your area. However, it is worthy of note that not all medical negligence lawyers are as profound as they claim to be. But here at nhsnegligenceclaim.com, you will find our medical negligence experts dedicated to making compensation claims for medication errors. They are experts in helping victims claim the compensation that they deserve.
Who can I claim compensation against for medication errors?
If for any reason they breach your trust by prescribing wrong medicines for treatment or surgery, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, we are experts at what we do and we have successfully helped several scores of victims gain compemsation for medication errors.
Can I Claim Medication errors Compensation on Behalf of a loved one?
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, we provide support to those whose loved ones have been victims of medical negligence but are unable to make a claim due to their incapacity. When you contact us, you will be guided, step by step, on how to make the claim and get the sense of justice you desire.
We understand that compensations do not measure up to the emotional pain and heartache you or your loved ones may experience but it sure provides a soft landing for all the financial burdens incurred. This is why we manage your claims with utmost care in order to deliver success at the end of the day.
How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim for medication errors?
Time limits vary under practicing laws in different countries. However, generally, you will need to take legal action within three years of the injury or complication. More so, the timeline may be shorter or longer depending on the medication error case.
This is why we advise medication errors victims to get in touch with medical negligence experts as soon as they are able, to start their claim.