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Unfortunately doctors and chemists are not as infallible as we would all like them to be.

Each year more than 40,000 medication errors, including incorrect prescriptions are made in the NHS. Approximately 50% of these errors will cause moderate to severe harm to patients.

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Ruth Powell


Ruth is a Partner and Head of our Clinical Negligence Department. She has exclusively practised in clinical negligence since qualifying in 1995 and has a wealth of experience in complex and high value clinical negligence claims.

Incorrect medication compensation claims

A momentary lack of attention by a health professional can mean that a patient receives the wrong type or wrong strength medication, sometimes with devastating results.

It is important that extra care and attention is paid when prescribing drugs to children. The simplest of errors such as prescribing adult dose of medication to a child can have devastating consequences.

It is unfortunately often the case that doctors sometimes prescribe medication repeatedly for many years without considering whether a repeat prescription is actually suitable for the patient. This can sometimes lead to physical injury from chronic overdose or addiction to certain medications.

Mostly these errors are picked up by the patient or their carer but often patients will not question why their medication has changed despite recognising a difference in their prescription.

Hugh James’s medical negligence specialists comprise an experienced team, dedicated to helping victims of all types of medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence.

We understand the special relationship that you may have with your doctor or chemist, and any reluctance you might feel in reporting medical negligence.

Prescribing and dispensing errors

If you believe that you have suffered harm as a result of any prescription by a doctor or drugs dispensed by a chemist, then you may have a potential medical negligence claim.

The following are common examples of prescribing and dispensing errors:

  • Doctors incorrectly writing up the dose of a drug, leading to the patient receiving an overdose
  • Prescribing children an adult dose of a drug which can be harmful to their health
  • General Practitioners prescribing medication repeatedly for many years without considering whether a repeat prescription is actually suitable for the patient. This can potentially lead to physical injury from chronic overdose or addiction to certain medications
  • Dispensing errors can be made by Chemists who could dispense the wrong drug. This could lead to the patient not receiving the correct treatment for their condition which may then get worse or they could receive a drug to which they have an adverse reaction

If you have taken an overdose of a particular drug or the wrong drug due to prescription or dispensing mistakes, which has had a detrimental effect on your health, contact our specialist medical negligence team.

Hugh James negligence experience

Whatever your injury, Hugh James have the commitment, resources, expertise, experience and standing to get the result you want – and to make the process of pursuing medical negligence compensation claims as easy as possible for you.

Over the years the medical negligence experts at Hugh James have successfully recovered damages for many patients and have become experts in this field of medical negligence.

We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you suffer.

We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.

We are able to assist you on a no win, no fee basis.

If you or a member of your family has suffered as a result of a medical negligence, contact our friendly and approachable team today.

If after talking to us, you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed.

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