When we visit our GP and we need medication, we assume the correct dose for our needs will be given and monitored over time. We also assume the pharmacist will dispense it correctly.
Furthermore if we should ever have to go into hospital the people dealing with our care will know which tablets or medications we are on and deal with this accordingly. Thus, if we should refrain from taking a particular medication for some reason, we will know when and how to do so.
It is good to know that a serious medication error is rare nowadays. There are various systems of checks that have to be undergone in order to prevent this kind of thing from happening. However with that said, most people understand that there is always some degree of potential for mistakes and errors to occur.
If there is a breakdown in communication in some way, there is a potential for such an error to happen. This can lead to dangerous and possibly fatal consequences in some cases. Clearly this should be avoided as much as possible, which is why it is vital to check the proper medication is given and taken at all times.
Is it possible to claim compensation if you are in this position?
If you or someone in your family has been affected by a serious medication error then yes, you have the right to consider whether compensation might be worth looking into. There would need to be clear evidence that negligence played a role in the mistake occurring.
A professional in this field can help you determine this, so it is important to get professional legal advice if you do find yourself in this situation at any point.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now if your situation has occurred within the last three years
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Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim