When you visit your GP, you are likely to come away with a prescription for your illness. This could be for something minor such as tonsillitis or a bacterial infection or it could be for a long-term illness such as an inflammatory disorder or depression. Issuing the correct prescription is essential to treat the illness effectively and to ensure that you do not suffer complications as a result. In addition, your GP must issue the correct prescription to avoid any allergic reactions that may result if you are given a medication you should not take. In order to issue you the correct medication, your doctor must give you a thorough examination and ask you questions about your lifestyle to avoid any adverse reactions such as high blood pressure. On occasion, you may have to alter your prescription depending on your reaction to different types and strengths of medication (e.g. antidepressants). You should always check that the prescription matches the medication you are given by the pharmacist and double check with your doctor that the medication is the correct one before leaving the surgery. If you are given the wrong prescription and suffer injury or ill health as a result, you may be able to make a claim.
Issuing incorrect prescription and negligence
The majority of the time the correct prescription is given and the illness is successfully treated. However, on rare occasions, the wrong prescription can be given. This can be because a doctor has not checked that you are allergic to something in a medication or it can simply be down to human error. If you have received a prescription for an illness you do not have, your personal information may be incorrect or your doctor may have opened the wrong patient file during your consultation. You may be given a higher dosage than normal or you could be given two medications which react badly when taken together. If you think you have suffered illness or injury as a result of the wrong prescription being given, you may be able to win a cash payout.
How to make a claim for issuing incorrect prescription
You can give Accident Advice Helpline a call on our free 24-hour line to obtain some no-obligation advice about your illness or injury. If you have suffered because your doctor prescribed the wrong medication, we may be able to win you a cash sum if there is evidence of negligence. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you will not be out of pocket should you choose to pursue your right to compensation for medical negligence.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown