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If I have a case about medication errors

If I have a case about medication errors


If I have a case about medication errors

In order to make a successful compensation claim for an injury caused by a prescription or medication error, it will be necessary to prove that those involved in prescribing or dispensing the drug to you were negligent (e.g. gave you the wrong drug or too high a dose of the right drug) and that you suffered harm or injury as a direct result.

Negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or pharmacist could be established if the standard of care that they provided was below that which you could reasonably expect of similar professionals in that area. For example, a doctor or nurse could potentially be negligent if they gave you medication when your medical records showed you had a known allergy to that medication and as a result of taking the medication you had a severe reaction.

Other cases of potential negligence might exist where a doctor or nurse fails to check if the medication given will have an adverse effect when combined with any existing drugs that you might be taking, or where a chemist or pharmacist may not notice that the medicine they dispensed was the incorrect dosage for you and your condition. Every case will turn on its own specific facts.

Whatever the cause of the mistake, if you believe that you may have been the victim of a prescription or medication error, then the most important thing to do, first and foremost, is to seek medical help.

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