Allergic Reaction To Medicine Given In Hospital

I suffered a severe allergic reaction to medicine given in hospital, am I entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation?

It is possible to make a claim for an allergic reaction to medicine given in hospital provided it can be established and proven that the allergic reaction resulted from negligence of a medical professional.

If you had previously been diagnosed with an allergy to a particular medicine and you were still administered this drug or a derivative, this would almost certainly give you grounds to make a claim for an allergic reaction to medication. The doctor that wrote the prescription for your medication should have asked you if you were aware of any known allergies before the decision was made to prescribe you a particular treatment. Your medical records should also have been checked to confirm that this was the case.

A failure to perform these simple allergy checks would constitute negligence and you should entitle you to claim compensation for an allergic reaction to medication in hospital. In the case of a medical emergency when immediate administration of medication is required to prevent serious or life-threatening health problems from developing, a decision may be made to administer a drug without consulting a patient’s medical records. It would be unlikely that a claim for an allergic reaction to medicine given in hospital would be successful under these circumstances.

A claim for an allergic response to medication would also not be possible if you had no previous history of allergies. If the consequences of administering a particular drug could not have been predicted and it would have been unreasonable to expect a doctor to have been able to prevent your allergic reaction, you would not be entitled to make a claim for an allergic reaction to medication.

The best course of action to take is to consult a personal injury solicitor to find out if a claim for an allergic response to medication is possible and the probability of your case being successful. You will also need to describe the symptoms you experienced, their severity and duration and if you have suffered any permanent damage as a result of the medication error.

It may be possible for you to make a claim to recover compensation for an allergic reaction to medication, but it is important that the damages which can be claimed are accurately calculated. If your allergic reaction did not cause a significant amount of pain and suffering, it may not actually be worth your while to take legal action against the hospital.