Why do prescription and medication errors occur?
Medication and prescription errors can occur for a number of reasons. These may include:
- A doctor intending to prescribe the correct medication, but instead making a mistake with the name transcription or prescribing an incorrect dosage
- A pharmacist, nurse or other medical practitioner misreading a doctor’s handwriting and dispensing or administering the incorrect drug or dosage as a result of this mistake
- A doctor making an incorrect or improper medical decision about the appropriate medication, and making a prescription decision based on this decision
Medical providers (including hospitals, pharmacies, doctors and nurses) owe you a duty of care when they treat you. If medical practice or negligence has caused a mediation or prescription error to occur, then they’ve breached that duty and you could be eligible to claim compensation against them.
For medication error claims, time limits vary in different states. However, the usual case is that you’ll need to submit your claim within three years of the ‘injury’ occurring. If you’re lodging the claim on behalf of a child, then the time limits can vary state to state. Your best course of action is to contact a prescription error attorney as soon as possible, to maximise your chances of being able to receive compensation.
Prescription error claims can often take up to several years to reach a settlement, and often the injuries will have to ‘stabilise’ before a conclusion to the case can be drawn.
LHD Lawyers have been winning medical negligence and prescription error claims for Australians for nearly 30 years. Our expert prescription error attorneys have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Port Macquarie, Taree and other regional centres, so it’s easy for you to pop in and have a chat with us about your situation. Alternatively, you can just give us a call for a free, no-obligation assessment and legal advice.
We operate on a No Win No Fee guarantee, so if we don’t win your medication and prescription error claim for you, you won’t pay us a cent!