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If you or a loved one have suffered due to the side effects of drugs administered by a medical professional, it is likely your life has changed considerably as a result.
The emotional and physical impact of such an incident can have significant repercussions, and potentially lead to severe health problems.
While the majority of doctors prescribe medication for illness without consequence, mistakes do occur, and if a patient takes the wrong medication, they could suffer serious consequences. Patients should be able to trust that they have been given the correct medication by their doctor or pharmacist, but should always check the packaging, contents and leaflet included with all medicines before taking it.
If you have been given the wrong medication, and your health has suffered as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. To discuss your circumstances with a solicitor, contact our team of experienced legal professionals, who have a great deal of expertise in this area, and will be on hand to support you every step of the way.
Claiming compensation after a traumatic incident can be incredibly daunting, and the complicated nature of such cases can put people off. However, at Ramsdens, we are dedicated to helping you get the support you deserve after this difficult time.
We will provide advice in clear and simple language and will explain the process from start to finish, taking the pressure off you and your family.
It’s important to be aware that there are strict time limits in place to make any clinical negligence claim; therefore, it is advisable that you speak to a legal professional as soon as possible after it has become apparent that you have been affected by a drug’s side effects.
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which a patient can end up taking the wrong medication, which can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing, with extreme cases often leading to death. These errors can occur at any stage of the treatment process, from prescription to administration.
The most common cases of this nature include:
While this list covers the most common cases we have dealt with, your circumstances may be different. If you believe you have suffered due to the side effects of drugs administered by a doctor, you may be entitled to claim compensation - and we are here to help you.
Identifying a medication error often begins with noticing unexpected changes or reactions after starting a new medication. Signs can include new or worsening symptoms, adverse reactions, or a lack of improvement in the condition being treated. It's crucial to be vigilant and proactive in understanding the medications you are prescribed.
Here are some steps to take if you think you have been given and taken the incorrect medication:
Eligibility for compensation in cases of medical errors hinges on two key criteria:
In simple terms, to claim compensation for a medical error, you must demonstrate that the healthcare provider's actions deviated from accepted medical standards, causing significant harm or deterioration in health.
In the beginning, the process of making a medical negligence claim for medication and prescription errors can appear daunting and confusing - but it doesn’t have to be. With guidance from Ramsdens, you can be confident that you will be able to get through the entire process with a legal expert at your side.
Here is a general overview of the key points in making a claim:
We understand that every claim is unique, and our approach is tailored to each individual's circumstances. We focus on clear communication, simplifying complex legal terms, and providing regular updates. Our goal is to make the claims process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you.
The compensation you may be able to claim for medication errors varies depending on several factors, including the severity of the impact on your health, the duration of suffering, and any long-term consequences. Ramsdens provides expert advice to help you understand what compensation you may be entitled to.
In cases where the effects of the medication error are temporary and reversible, compensation typically covers medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. For more serious incidents, where long-term health has been affected, compensation might also include long-term care costs, loss of future earnings, and compensation for life-altering changes.
While each case is unique, Ramsdens ensures that every client has the best chance to receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to. We base our approach on a detailed analysis of the impact of the error and your specific circumstances. While we understand that making a claim can add stress to what you are already dealing with, compensation can have a significant effect on your recovery, and we want to make sure you get this.
Ramsdens has been operating across various sectors of law for over 150 years, and our medical negligence team brings decades of legal expertise to the table. Our reputation as an award-winning, full-service law firm is built on a foundation of extensive experience and a deep understanding of our clients' needs.
We pride ourselves on understanding and meeting our clients' expectations - a commitment that is reflected in our high client satisfaction rates. With 99% of our clients satisfied with our overall performance and 98% willing to recommend our services, our dedication to client care is clear.
As with every medical negligence case, we offer a 'no win, no fee' agreement for our medication and prescription error claims. This arrangement, also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), allows clients to pursue medication error claims without bearing the initial legal costs. If a claim is successful, our fees are calculated as a percentage of the awarded compensation, known as the 'success fee'. This approach, coupled with our free, no-obligation initial consultation, ensures that our services are accessible to all, regardless of their financial situation.
In choosing Ramsdens, you opt for a firm that combines deep legal knowledge with a client-first approach, all underpinned by a policy that ensures access to justice for everyone. If you have experienced a medication error and are considering a claim, Ramsdens is ready to provide the support and guidance you need at every step.
A medication error involves any mistake in prescribing, dispensing or administering medication. This can include wrong medication, wrong dosage, or providing medication that causes adverse reactions due to allergies or interactions with other drugs.
If you have suffered health issues as a direct result of a medication error, you likely have grounds for a claim. If you find yourself in this situation, call us as soon as possible for legal advice. The sooner you get in touch with us, the better your chances to claim compensation.
The time frame for making a medication error claim is typically governed by a legal principle known as the 'limitation period'. In most cases, this period is three years from the date of the medication error or from the date when you first became aware that your injury or health issue was linked to the medication error. This is known as the 'date of knowledge'.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
Seek legal advice as soon as you suspect a medication error to ensure your claim is filed within the legal time limits. Delaying can risk the eligibility of your claim.
The duration of a medication or prescription error claim can vary widely based on the case's complexity, the evidence available, and how the negotiations with the responsible parties progress. Simple cases may resolve within a few months, while more complex ones could take years. We will do everything we can to resolve your claim efficiently without compromising on how much compensation you will claim.
Medical negligence, often referred to as clinical negligence, occurs when healthcare professionals provide care that falls below the accepted standard, leading to harm or injury to the patient. This can include medication errors, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and inadequate patient care.
The success of a medication or prescription error claim depends on the strength of the evidence linking the negligence to the harm caused. Strong, well-documented cases where negligence and resultant harm are clear tend to have higher chances of success. At Ramsdens, our experienced team will evaluate your case, provide an informed perspective on its potential success, and help you to identify and gather all of the necessary evidence you will need.
At Ramsdens, we understand that making a claim can be daunting, but we’re dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional, start your claim today.