Doctors need to be very careful when writing prescriptions for young children. They need to be careful all the time, which goes without saying – whether they’re prescribing medication for adults or for children – but dishing out drugs meant for adults to kids can be a particularly hazardous business, even at low doses.
These days, GPs have all the information they need about a drug at their fingertips. Before the advent of the internet, doctors would have to rely almost solely on their knowledge and training when it came to prescribing drugs. If they were really unsure, they could always take a look in a textbook, but there was no consulting databases and websites before the net. As such, modern day doctors really have no excuse. If they have any doubts about prescribing a drug, all they need to do is take a quick look online.
Unfortunately, though, some doctors can get sloppy. In any profession, you’re always going to get the odd bad apple, and medicine is no exception. If you take your child to the doctor and they prescribe a medication which is intended only for adult use, there will be a chance that you might be able to retain the services of a top 100% no win no fee solicitor with a view to taking some form of North Norfolk claims personal injury action, if your child were to fall ill as a consequence.
Wrong GP prescriptions and North Norfolk claims for compensation
Imagine that you take your young toddler son to see your GP after he came down with a rather unpleasant ear infection. It doesn’t seem to be causing him too much bother, but he keeps pointing to the affected ear, which gives you the impression it might be causing him some discomfort. As any responsible parent would do, you make an appointment to see your GP about this, with no thoughts of North Norfolk claims arising at all.
When you attend your local surgery, your GP examines your son and prescribes a medication to be taken orally. You ask if a topical ear drop might not be better, but your doctor rather brusquely insists that this will be the best course of action.
You return home and give your son the medication you’ve been given as directed, after having picked it up at the pharmacy. After taking it, your son seems to become drowsy and unresponsive. You take him to A&E, where it transpires that the medication he was given should only ever be given to adults.
Under these circumstances, there is a possibility that you might be in a position to take some of North Norfolk claims action against your GP, with the help of Accident Advice Helpline. If you want to discuss your claim in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 29th June 2014
Author: David Brown