Medication error claims

Errors when prescribing and administering drugs are all too common, but you can take action. Talk to us – you may have a claim for medical negligence.

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According to research from the Universities of York, Manchester and Sheffield, more than 200 million medication errors occur in the NHS each year. Not all these result in harm to patients, but if you’ve suffered illness or symptoms as a result of a medication error, then you may be able to claim compensation.

What is a medication error?

A medication error is any preventable event in the prescribing, dispensing or administering of a drug, that may cause a patient harm. It could be in the NHS or private healthcare.

Examples of this include:

  • Incorrect drugs prescribed
  • Preparation of medicines
  • Illegible prescriptions resulting in wrong drugs being given
  • Incorrect dosage instructions or labelling
  • Failure to review or alter a treatment
  • Failure to warn of side effects or contraindications
  • Lack of knowledge – for example, not establishing whether someone is allergic to a drug

The elderly can be very vulnerable to the effects of medication errors, which could have a severe impact on their health. Care homes should follow established procedures, but if those aren’t followed the results can be fatal.

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Why make a medication error claim?

People make mistakes but when it puts a life in danger, it shouldn’t go unchallenged. Patient safety is of paramount importance, so if an error has occurred it should be reported so that changes can be made.

The NHS and private healthcare facilities have insurance in place to cover these kinds of event, so you won’t be affecting patient treatment or waiting times.

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How can First4Lawyers help?

Our medical negligence solicitors are experts in these kinds of claim. They know the ins and outs of investigating, gathering evidence and building a case to help you achieve maximum compensation. We also offer a No Win No Fee* service in England and Wales for medical negligence claims.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

There is usually a three-year period from the date of the accident, but this can vary for children and those of limited mental capacity. Speak to one of our advisors and they’ll be able to discuss your particular situation.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Your first step is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. We will give you a free phone consultation, where we’ll ask you about what has happened.

Once we’ve assessed whether you have a claim, we can advise you on your next steps.

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Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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