Medication or treatment (pharmacy) errors may arise as a result of failure to warn of side effects, administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, prescribing medication that interacts with other drugs a patient is taking, or failure to warn of side effects, all of which cause injury or a delay in treatment resulting in further injury to the patient. Physicians, nurses, or pharmacists may be responsible at law for the injuries.
CMAJ: “The overall incidence rate of Adverse Events of 7.5% in our study suggests that, of the almost 2.5 million annual hospital admissions in Canada similar to the type studied, about 185 000 are associated with an Adverse Event and close to 70 000 of these are potentially preventable…”
Filing a medication or treatment error claim
Courts compensate for actual harm, not what might have occurred. To be successful in a lawsuit, like in other medical malpractice cases, patients must prove that the health care provider acted below the standard of care; in other words, that a reasonable health care provider would not have made that error or would have acted differently. The person must also prove that the breach in the standard of care caused harm or injury.
Pharmacy malpractice lawyers in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba has certain time limits within which people may file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you are unsure about whether you may have a medical malpractice claim, contact our medication or treatment errors/pharmacy malpractice lawyers in Winnipeg at Pollock & Company to discuss your circumstances.