How Much Could My Wrong Medication Negligence Claim Be Worth?

Could I Claim If A Hospital, Pharmacy Or GP Gave Me The Wrong Medication?

Wrong medication negligence

Wrong medication negligence

When we are suffering from an injury, short-term illness or a long-term medical condition, we rely on medical practitioners to provide us with the right medication. The wrong type of medication or the wrong dosage could cause untold harm.

Have you experienced medical negligence involving the wrong medication being prescribed to you or dispensed? If yes and you were injured, made ill, or your medical condition      worsened, then you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.

To make a wrong medication negligence claim, call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801.      If you have grounds to make a medical negligence claim because the wrong medication was prescribed, we will provide you with an experienced medical negligence solicitor to handle your claim. Call today or use our contact form, to start your wrong medication compensation claim.

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A Guide To Wrong Medication Negligence Compensation Claims

If you have been made ill or had your pre-existing medical condition worsened because a negligent GP, nurse, hospital or pharmacy provided you with the wrong medication, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you were harmed because of an incorrect dosage, or you were given the wrong type of medication, you may be able to claim compensation for any illness caused.

In this guide to making a medical negligence claim for wrong medication, we will explain what medication errors are. We will look at how medication errors can happen in hospitals, GP surgeries or at a pharmacy, and explain what the consequences can be for patients. We will also guide you through how to make a claim and will provide you with a claims calculator to help you estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to.     .

Remember, if you have been given the wrong medication by a doctor, nurse, pharmacy or hospital, and have been harmed as a result, Accident Claims UK can help you. We can provide you with an experienced medical negligence solicitor to handle your claim.

What Are Wrong Medication Errors?

Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence or medical malpractice, is when a patient is provided with substandard medical care. As a result, the patient becomes injured, ill or their pre-existing medical condition is worsened. All medical practitioners, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and surgeons, have a duty of care towards their patients. This means that if they provide a patient with substandard care and the patient is harmed as a result, they could be held liable.

Giving a patient the wrong type of medication, or the wrong dosage of medication, may amount to medical negligence. In some instances, the mistake could be very serious. A patient that experiences an overdose, or is given penicillin when they are allergic, could potentially die. In other instances, the patient could become ill, or the medication dosage could be ineffective, causing their condition to worsen.

Causes Of The Wrong Medication Being Dispensed

Firstly let’s look at how medication is distributed to patients. GPs diagnose and write prescriptions for injuries and illnesses that do not require hospital treatment. The patient will take their prescription to a pharmacist to collect and pay for their medicine. It is the GP’s responsibility to correctly diagnose the patient’s condition and prescribe the correct dosage and type of medication. It is the pharmacist’s responsibility to ensure they dispense the correct type of medicine and dosage of medicine to patients. They are also responsible for correctly advising patients how to take their medicine and answering any type of questions they may have. This means that there are different stages where a negligent GP or a negligent pharmacist may be responsible for a wrong medication error.

In a hospital setting, there are many different ways that a patient may receive medication. A doctor may directly give a patient medicine if the patient is receiving urgent medical treatment, a nurse may distribute medicine to a patient, or a doctor may prescribe medication to a patient, who will collect their prescription from a pharmacy. This means that there are also many different ways that a negligent doctor, nurse or pharmacist could contribute to a patient receiving the wrong medication at a hospital.

Here some examples of how wrong medication clinical negligence can happen:

  • Dosage: A doctor could prescribe the wrong dosage of medication. Or a pharmacist could dispense the wrong dosage of medication. A nurse could give the wrong medication if they misread a patient’s medical notes in the hospital. If a patient receives too little medication, the treatment may be ineffective and their medical condition may not improve or may deteriorate. If a patient experiences an overdose of medication this could have fatal results
  • Wrong type of medication: A patient could receive the wrong type of medication if a doctor misdiagnoses their condition, or the doctor diagnoses their condition correctly but the wrong medication is prescribed. A pharmacist could also dispense the wrong type of medication by misreading a prescription or making an error
  • Wrong person: A patient could bring home the wrong medication from a pharmacy if their medication is mixed up with another patient’s medication. Similarly, if the staff at a negligent hospital confuse one patient’s medication with another’s this can have dire consequences
  • Wrong prescription: This refers to a GP writing the wrong prescription for a patient, or a computer error leading to the wrong prescription being printed. As a result, the pharmacist will follow the wrong instructions when they dispense the medication.
  • Wrongly administered: A junior member of pharmacy staff who is not medically qualified could make a mistake. Similarly, a doctor or nurse could be given the wrong notes about a patient in a hospital and provide them with the wrong medication as a result

We will now look at how situations can arise in hospitals, pharmacies or GP surgeries where the patient could make a wrong medication compensation claim.

Wrong Medication Negligence Claims Against NHS And Private Hospitals

Both NHS and private hospitals have a duty of care to ensure that patients are properly diagnosed and are given the correct type and dosage of medication whilst receiving treatment. There are many ways that a patient could receive incorrect medication at a hospital. For example, a doctor could misdiagnose a patient, leading to them being prescribed the wrong type of medication. Or the doctor could make an administrative error and prescribe the wrong type and dosage of medication, for their condition. Patients that are staying in the hospital for treatment, or are receiving emergency treatment in hospital, are often given medication directly by doctors, nurses or other members of staff, sometimes when they are not conscious. Therefore an administrative error (such as writing the wrong notes), computer error, or human error, can result in the patient receiving the wrong medication.

Have you been given the wrong medication by a doctor or nurse whilst in hospital? You can read our guide to making a hospital negligence claim. Or call Accident Claims UK for more information about making a hospital medical malpractice claim today.

Wrong Medication Negligence Claims Against A GP

A GP may misdiagnose a patient and prescribe the wrong medication. Alternatively, the GP may make the correct diagnosis but make mistakes leading to the patient receiving the wrong medication. The GP could also make a wrong dose medication error, prescribing too high or low a dosage of medication. Similarly, the doctor could not take into account the patient’s full medical history and prescribe a type of medication that contains ingredients that the patient is allergic to, or that cannot be taken with medication that the patient is already taking. Another type of wrong medication negligence can occur when a GP gives a patient the wrong instructions on how to take the medicine, for example telling them to take the medication immediately after eating, when this, in fact, makes it less effective. All of these errors could have a harmful effect.

If you have been made ill or had your pre-existing medical condition made worse by being given the wrong medication by your doctor, you could be entitled to compensation. Why not check out our guide to making a GP negligence claim to find out more.

Wrong Medication Negligence Claims Against Pharmacists

As said above, if a doctor gives a patient the wrong prescription, the doctor will be held liable for any harm caused by the patient taking the wrong medication, not the pharmacist. However, the pharmacist should speak up, or double-check with the doctor if the prescription the patient gives them looks in any way unusual or dangerous.

How can a pharmacist make a wrong medication error? A patient can be given the wrong medication by the pharmacist. Similarly, the pharmacist can give the patient the wrong dosage. The wrong medication can be given to the wrong patient if the pharmacist mixes up prescriptions. The pharmacist can also make errors that affect the quality of the medication that is given. For example, they could confuse one type of medication with different type, or give a patient medication that is out of date. Another type of clinical negligence error pharmacists can make is giving a patient the wrong advice about how much medication to take, or what dosage.

If you have been made ill or had your pre-existing medical condition worsened because of a negligent pharmacy, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. To find out more, read our online guide to pharmacy negligence, or call Accident Claims UK to speak to an adviser.

What Effect Could The Wrong Medication Have On You?

The effects of the wrong type or dosage of medication being dispensed can have varied effects. Some may have small side effects. Others may cause serious problems, such as liver      or kidney damage. If the patient is allergic to certain types of medication, penicillin for example, this could cause them to experience a potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. In other instances, the medication can have no effect at all, causing the patient’s medical condition to go untreated and potentially worsen.

Medical Patients’ Rights

As a patient of a hospital, GP surgery or pharmacy, you are owed a duty of care. This means that medical practitioners legally bound to provide you with the best standard of care possible. If the care you receive is substandard, for example, being given the wrong type or dosage of medication, the hospital trust, private healthcare provider, pharmacy or GP surgery where you were treated could be held liable for your injuries and be liable to pay you compensation as a result.

I Was Given The Wrong Medication, What Should I Do?

If you believe you have received the wrong medication from your pharmacy, hospital or GP then  contact your GP immediately and ask them to check their error, asking for a second opinion if necessary. If you have consumed the medication, seek immediate medical treatment as appropriate, calling an ambulance or visiting a hospital accident and emergency department if necessary.

Once you’re well and free of the effects of the incident, you can take steps to make a medical negligence wrong medication claim. In order to have the best chance of success possible, it’s important to retain and gather evidence to support your claim. This can include keeping the prescription your doctor wrote for you, your receipt from the pharmacy where you purchased your prescribed medication and any other related paperwork, such as letters.

To make a negligent prescription or wrong medication negligence claim, you will need a personal injury solicitor to advise and represent you. Trust Accident Claims UK to handle your clinical negligence case. Call us today, to see if you are entitled to claim.

Compensation Calculator For wrong Medication Claims

How much compensation can you claim for wrong medication? You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much your claim is worth. Please note, this calculator only provides an estimate for the general damages you could claim and does not include special damages. And remember, they’re only estimates. The value of each case is heavily determined by its unique set of facts. Call Accident Claims UK for a more accurate compensation estimate of what you could claim, based on your personal circumstances.

InjuryCommentsSettlement (with 10% uplift)
Kidney damage (a)Either the loss of both kidneys, or severe and permanent damage to them.£158,970 to £197,480
Kidney damage (b)There may be a significant risk of the total loss of kidney function or infections in the future. You may face significant future medical expenses.up to £60,050
Kidney damage (c)Compensation for the loss of one kidney, where the other kidney is unharmed.£28,880 to £42,110
Chest injury (a)Chest injuries where there is ‘serious heart damage’.£94,470 to £140,870
Non traumatic injury (i)This could include severe toxicosis which causes a range of symptoms, such as; fever, vomiting, pain and diarrhoea. May cause a significant impact on your life.£36,060 to £49,270
Non traumatic injury (ii)Serious, though short-lived, symptoms such as food poisoning. May affect the function of your bowels, sex life and other functions.£8,950 to £18,020
Non traumatic injury (iii)Illnesses which cause the patient a significant level of discomfort. They may have to be admitted to hospital and symptoms may persist for several weeks.£3,710 to £8,950
Non traumatic injury (iv)Illnesses which could lead to the patient suffering varying levels of cramps and pain. May be accompanied by diarrhoea.£860 to £3,710

Special Damages For Medical Costs And Other Financial Losses

If you make a successful wrong medication negligence claim, you may be awarded general damages and special damages. What is the difference between these compensation awards? General damages are awarded to claimants to compensate them for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have experienced as a result of their injuries. Special damages reimburse the claimant for any expenses that they have had as a result of their injuries, such as medical expenses, travel expenses, mobility equipment expenses, at-home care expenses, home or car adaptation expenses, and reimbursement for loss of income or future income.

No Win No Fee Claims, If Harmed By Wrong Medication Negligence

At Accident Claims UK, we give every claimant the option to enter into a No Win No Fee Agreement. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. If you are successful, your solicitor may ask you to make a small contribution to the cost of their fees by paying what’s known as a ‘success fee’. This would be deducted from your compensation at the end of the claim.  Call Accident Claims UK today, to learn more about the benefits of making a no win no fee medical malpractice claim, or to start your claim today.

Why Choose Accident Claims UK?

Accident Claims UK can provide you with an excellent medical negligence lawyer to handle your claim. Our panel of solicitors have over three decades of experience and will fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation possible. They’ll be on hand to answer any queries you have and will guide you through the smokescreen of legal jargon obscuring the legal system.

Start Your Claim For Wrong Medication Negligence

To begin your wrong medication claim, call Accident Claims UK, or contact us via our website. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Helpful Resources

Hospital Negligence Compensation Claim Experts – Information on how to claim compensation for harm caused by negligence at a hospital.

Can I Claim For Doctor/GP Negligence Compensation? – Information for those who have been harmed by negligent GP or doctor care.

Pharmacy Negligence Or Prescription Error Claims Guide – Information on how to claim compensation if harmed by a pharmacist or prescription error.

Medical References

Prescriptions Error Rates – an NHS guide

Hospital Medication Errors – an NHS Guide

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