What is prescription and medication negligence?

A prescription or medication error occurs when the wrong medication or medication quantity is given to the patient to self-administer or administered to you by a professional.

Instead of making a patient better, the patient is often left in a worse position than before, experiencing more serious pain or symptoms.

Medication and prescription errors may include:

  • Incorrect dosage
  • Incorrect medication
  • Medication prescribed for an unsafe amount of time
  • Being prescribed medication which reacts negatively with other prescribed or existing medication
  • A patient receiving the wrong medication meant for another patient

Prescription and medication errors can be made by the GP prescribing your medication or by the pharmacist dispensing them, and can create a variety of side effects and long-term health problems.

According to The Independent, medication errors contribute to as many as 22,000 deaths a year in the UK.

What damage can medication errors have on the patient?

Medication errors can result in minor and major issues, such as:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Digestive problems including ulcers and internal bleeding
  • Blindness
  • Seizures
  • Brain injuries
  • Liver damage
  • Psychological problems

What is required to make a medication claim?

For your situation to be considered medical negligence, it must satisfy some legal requirements including:

  1. Breach of duty: Did the medical professional fall below their expected standard of care?
  2. Causation: Was the below-standard care the cause of your injury/condition?
  3. Damage or loss: Did the actions of the health care provider lead to damage or loss?

No win no fee legal support

The vast majority of our medical negligence prescription error cases are dealt with on a no win no fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you do not have to pay legal fees. 

If you are unsure as to whether you have suffered due to medical negligence involving a medication error, the best thing you can do is speak to us and establish your chances of success. 

We offer flexible 30-minute consultations at a time convenient to you, which is designed to help clarify how we can assist and allows us to answer and questions or concerns you have.

Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation on 0300 303 3634 to make an informed decision as to whether you will pursue a prescription claim or medication negligence claim.

Frequently asked questions

Will I need to go to court?

In 97% of cases, medical negligence claims are settled before going to trial. However, in the unlikely event that you are required to go to court, we will be there to support you every step of the way.

Our team will not hesitate in travelling to a convenient location for you, at a time that suits you. With our nationwide offices in both the North West and London, it is easy for us to travel and we want you, the client, to come first.