Case study: prescription error leads to £80,000 compensation

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Medical negligence claim following an allergic reaction to medication

Prescription errors are unfortunately  known to be the cause of a number of health problems in the UK. According to the General Medical Council, up to 5% of prescriptions could contain some kind of mistake.

One serious error that can occur is prescribing a patient medicine which will cause an allergic reaction.

Because most of us trust healthcare providers to have checked our medical records before prescribing medication, we assume they won’t give us a drug known to trigger an allergy.

Medical negligence solicitor Claire Hurrell recently helped a man with a documented penicillin allergy to claim compensation after he suffered from anaphylaxis and other symptoms caused by a negligent amoxicillin prescription.

Following the conclusion of his case, the man has kindly agreed to let us share his story to help those with similar problems understand more about prescription allergies and medical negligence.


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