Medical Mistake Claims - Simpson Millar LLP

Is Your Treatment Making You Ill?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 20/05/2014

In an ideal world, you should be able to trust that your doctor, pharmacist or care home has given you the right medication. Much of the time, people do not check the package that their medication came in and because of this end up taking the wrong medication not once or twice but over an extended period.

Did Your Doctor Slip Up?

For some, the wrong medication won't affect their health but for others it may cause harm, or even death, giving rise to a legal action.

There are a number of situations in which the wrong medication may be administered:

  • The wrong dose being prescribed
  • Receiving medication that you have been found to be allergic to in the past
  • Combinations of medicines that should not be taken together
  • Receiving the wrong patients medication

Asthma Sufferers and Wrong Medication

The Royal College of Physicians released a study just this year that showed out of 195 deaths from asthma, 47% of the cases showed prescription errors had occurred. 10% of those who had been hospitalised because of their asthma had been released without the correct medication and were not monitored following their attack.

Children are particularly at risk when it comes to the wrong medication. There are many things to consider when dispensing medication to a child. Height, weight and age all come into play. All of these things are essential to get the right dosage, however, some doctors don't always take all these variables into consideration.

If you have had an adverse reaction to your medication and you later found out it was the fault of your doctor, nurse, or care home, this might make a negligence claim possible.

Negligence claims are not just about receiving compensation.

They raise awareness of these sorts of problems and help to prevent a similar events from happening to others in the future.

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