Prescription medication error  

What Are Medication Errors ?

A medication or prescription error can take place either under the care of your GP or a hospital. Medication errors generally happen if:

Your doctor has written out the wrong prescription,

Your doctor has administered the wrong drug before a procedure,

A pharmacy has dispensed the wrong drug.

Prescription and medication errors are very serious. If you have been prescribed the wrong medication it could make your condition worse. Also, you may suffer side-effects which you were not made aware of.

Medication errors can happen to adults and children. However, more care is needed with children. Pharmacists and medical professionals must consider a child’s weight and age before prescribing drugs but unfortunately this is not always the case.

What Are The Reasons For Medication Errors?

Our specialist solicitors find that the reasons for medication errors are varied. Sometimes it is not just one mistake that is made, but many over a period of time. However, some common examples of medication errors include:

  • Wrong dose of a drug leading to an overdose e.g. Gentamicin

  • Incorrect labels

  • Inadequate anaesthesia prior to surgery

  • Computer error

  • Wrong drug

  • Drug administered intravenously rather than intramuscularly

  • Warfarin dose errors

We offer a free initial consultation, which allows you to explain your situation so we can give a clear assessment of whether we believe your claim merits further investigation. Our panel of solicitors will always be honest with you and will only advise you to take your claim forward if they believe there is a realistic chance of securing compensation.

We also offer no win, no fee agreements for Medicaltion error  claims, meaning there is normally no upfront cost and no financial risk to you when you start a claim with Pursuit Claims .

To start a compensation claim for A&E negligence, call us today on 0161 503 4266. Alternatively, you can email us at or use the contact form on the right to request a callback.

Are Medication Errors Common ?

Medication errors in the UK are fortunately rare. There were 10,000 reported incidents of medication errors last year. This is against a backdrop of 1 billion prescriptions being written. However, 10,000 is still too many.

As advances in medication increase, so do the number of options available to medical professionals. This can lead to mistakes being made. If a patient is prescribed a large amount of medication, the chances of a mistake increase.

Also, as the number of medication options increase, the level of knowledge of medical professionals may decrease. It is obvious that if there if more options for a doctor to remember/know about, there is a higher change the a mistake may be made.

Making a Medication Errors Compensation Claim

If you or a family member have suffered as a result of medication or prescription error, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers can help. They can provide you with a caring and no obligation assessment of your claim. Simply contact us.

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