Prescription Error Claims

Medical staff in the UK are highly trained and, in the vast majority of cases, prescribe the correct patient medication. However mistakes can happen and the consequences can be severe – in some cases the wrong prescription can be fatal.

If you were prescribed medication incorrectly and have suffered as a result, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Our vastly experienced medical negligence experts work tirelessly on behalf of people who have suffered because of a prescription error.  



1. How might a prescription error occur?

Prescription errors are where:

· A patient is prescribed medication for too long
· They are given an incorrect dosage
· The patient is given medication they are allergic to
· Two or more medications that shouldn't be administered together are prescribed at the same time

One of our clients, who had an allergy to penicillin, secured compensation after his GP prescribed him drugs that contained the antibiotic to treat an infection.

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 compensation claim?

Yes. Our specialists have extensive experience in supporting people who have suffered because of prescription errors, such as 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.

5. Won't it be expensive to make a claim?

Thompsons Solicitors will discuss various payment options, but usually we recommend a conditional fee agreement – also known as 'no win, no fee'. This means that, if the claim is unsuccessful, you won't pay a penny.

If it is successful, the bulk of the legal costs are covered by the insurer of the guilty party. The only cost to you is a success fee, which will not be more than 25 per cent of the total amount recovered. This is significantly lower than most high street law firms.

6. Do I have a set time to make a claim?

Yes. For almost all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit. For prescription errors, this means three years from when you could reasonably know that your illness or injury was a result of medical negligence.

7. How long does it take to settle a claim?

There is no set time for a claim to be completed. Thompsons will always endeavour to settle a claim as quickly and compassionately as possible. But some serious and complex cases of prescription error that cause long-lasting, serious injuries can take years to complete.

Thompsons Solicitors can help you today if you've suffered because of prescription error. Call us on 0800 0 224 224 to speak to an experience legal specialist, or fill out our Start a Claim form, and we will be in touch with you within 48 hours.