Frequently asked questions about prescription error claims
1. How might a prescription error occur?
Prescription errors are can occur in prescribing medication and dispensing medication.
Errors which can occur in dispensing medication are:
- Placing the medication in the wrong bag so that it is given to the wrong patient
- The medication is labelled incorrectly
- The chemist dispenses the incorrect dosage of the medication.
Errors which can occur in prescribing medication are:
- When a patient has been receiving repeat prescriptions for some time, without routine review by a doctor
- The incorrect dosage prescribed, leading to an overdose
- Prescribing medication to a patient who is known to have an allergy to an ingredient of that medication
- Prescribing medication to a patient who is taking other medication at the time, which is known to contraindicate with the new medication
- Prescribing an adult dose of medication to a child patient.
2. What are the side effects of a prescription error?
Side effects can vary from allergic reactions and worsening of pre-existing symptoms to severe illness and even death. This depends on the strength of the drug, or drugs, how long they were used in error and the condition being treated.
3. Can I do anything to limit the risk of prescription error?
To an extent, yes. We always recommend that you and your loved ones check that the medication you are given by a chemist matches the prescription from your GP. You should always check the packaging of your prescription as a precaution before taking the medicine.
4. I've suffered because of a prescription error that wasn't my fault. Can Thompsons help me make a prescription error compensation claim?
Yes. Our specialists have extensive experience in supporting people who have suffered after being given the wrong prescription, including a man who developed a severe allergic reaction after being incorrectly prescribed with penicillin.
We have also helped thousands of people who have suffered because of other forms of medical negligence, including hospital complaints, orthopaedic claims and doctor negligence. Thompsons worked with almost 500 former patients of disgraced breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, to provide legal guidance and support.
If you have been given the wrong prescription and would like to make a claim, contact our specialist teams today on 0800 0 224 224, request a callback or fill out our free claim form.
5. Won't it be expensive to make a Prescription Error claim?
Thompsons Solicitors will discuss various payment options with you, but usually we recommend a conditional fee agreement – also known as 'no win, no fee'. This means that, if your wrong prescription claim is unsuccessful, you won't pay a penny.
If it is successful, the bulk of our legal costs for acting on your behalf are covered by the insurer of the guilty party. The only cost to you would be a success fee, which will be no more than 25 per cent of the total amount recovered. This percentage is significantly lower than most law firms.
6. Do I have a set time to make a Prescription Error claim?
Yes. For almost all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit. For prescription error compensation claims, this means three years from when you could reasonably know that your illness or injury was a result of this medical negligence.
7. How long does it take to settle a wrong prescription claim?
There is no set time for a claim to be completed, but Thompsons will always try to settle a claim as quickly and compassionately as possible. Some serious and complex cases of prescription error that cause long-lasting, serious injuries can take some years to complete.