Drug or Prescription Claim

Have you ever been:

  • Prescribed the wrong drug
  • Given the wrong drug from the pharmacist?
  • Prescribed long term medication without adequate review

You may have a drug or prescription claim.

It’s never deliberate, but it happens. Either a Doctor can get it wrong or the pharmacist mis-reads or misunderstands the prescription. Usually this doesn’t cause a problem, particularly if it’s spotted straight away. That’s not always the case though, and the consequences of getting it wrong can be very unpleasant.

Some drugs, like morphine or diazepam, are only intended for short term use. As more drugs and treatments become available it is important that long-term medication is reviewed. If a different drug or alternative treatment is more appropriate this should be offered and discussed with you. Whilst there may be good reasons for continuing a particular course of treatment this should be explained and agreed with you.

If you think you have a drug or prescription claim we can help.

This is why it is important to seek legal advice from one of our team straight away. We will then advise you fully and guide you through the drug or prescription claim process if we believe you have reasonable prospects of bringing a successful medical negligence claim.

What can we do to help with your drug or prescription claim?

A legal claim can be brought against anyone that has treated you, and must be brought to court within three years (in rare cases you can exceed this) of the date you first knew, or could reasonably have been expected to know, that you had suffered a significant injury caused by someone else’s negligent acts or omissions. In the case of a child the three years runs from their 18th birthday.

Use our experience

Here are some examples of drug or prescription claims we have advised clients on:-

  • Clear cases of pharmacy dispensing errors
  • Incorrect prescriptions
  • Prescribing too much medication
  • Failing to monitor long-term medication
  • Insufficient information on drugs trials
  • Failure to provide adequate information about the risks associated with taking a particular drug/medication;

Case Study

Patient F was prescribed diazepam for anxiety and depression.  Diazepam is intended for short term use only but was continued to be prescribed for over 7 years.  No alternative medication or therapy was offered.  They continued to suffer from anxiety and depression and also became addicted to diazepam.  After meeting a solicitor from Ringrose Law, they changed GP, began to reduce the medication and received counselling.  They were awarded £25,000.

We can help

Our specialist team of advisors would be more than happy to talk to you about your drug or prescription claim and advise whether we should meet for a free consultation so we can properly advise you on your options. Please call us on 01522 561020; or contact us at one of our offices in Boston, Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham, Spalding and Newark.

 

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