According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada there are 98,000 preventable medical mistakes that occur each year. This number demonstrates that these types of errors cause more deaths per year than car accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), and AIDS (16,516).
The definition of a medication error is any event which could be prevented that may lead or cause an inappropriate use of a certain medication or harm to a patient while the medication is in the control of a medical professional, patient, or consumer. In most cases, these events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Greg Monforton and Partners believe that if you or a member of your family has suffered injuries, which were caused by the negligent actions of another person, that person must be held accountable for their actions and pay for the damages and losses they have caused.
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Types of Medication Mistakes
Doctors and other medical professionals are approached for advice on the different types of medications available multiple times per day; therefore human error may be the cause of some medication mistakes. Of course, there are also several other areas which a medical mistake can take place from when the medication is prescribed by your doctor, manufactured, put into containers at the pharmacists, or given to the correct person my the staff members.
Some common types of medication mistakes may include:
- Allergic reaction
- Errors filling the prescription
- Prescribed to the wrong dosage
- Prescribed unnecessary medications
- Received the wrong medication
- Side effects diagnosed as new ailment
- Unhealthy medication interaction
Unfortunately, from time to time, humans make mistakes. When these mistakes cause a severe illness, cause permanent problems, or cause death, there is no excuse for this type of error. At this point it is advised to seek the attention of an experienced personal injury lawyer and begin exploring your legal options.
Types of Drug Prescription Errors
Beginning at the moment a prescription is manufactured to the time it is handed to the patient at the pharmacy, there is the potential that a prescription drug error could occur. Furthermore, there are many types of medication errors an individual could experience if given the incorrect medication.
Some types of drug prescription errors include:
Not reviewing the necessary paperwork
- Inadequate communication
- Inadequately trained staff members
- Not enough staff members
- Poor handwriting on prescription
- Poor supervision
- Relying on automated computer systems
- Tired staff members
When events such as these occur and a prescription medication is provided to a patient in the wrong manner, it may have serious side effects. If this occurs to you or a loved one, it is advised to speak with your doctor immediately to avoid further complications.
Common Forms of Dangerous Drugs
In some cases, some dangerous prescription drugs may be introduced to the market before they have been adequately tested. These drugs often times result in many illnesses, permanent injuries, and possible death to its users. Our lawyers have gathered a list of dangerous medications which individuals should pay attention to any symptoms to make sure they do not suffer from any side effects.
Some common forms of dangerous medications include:
- Proton Pump Inhibitors
- Proton Pump Inhibitors
- Yasmin / Yaz
There are several other forms of dangerous prescription medications, which should also be monitored for any side effects. This list simply includes a few of the common brands which are recognized by our law firm as dangerous.
Contact an Experienced Ontario Medication Error Lawyer Today
Our legal team at Greg Monforton & Partners has been serving members of our community since 1981 and is willing to review each individual medical malpractice case. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation benefits available to our clients and have won MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Located in Windsor, Ontario, our lawyers are able to serve throughout the entire province and elsewhere.
Some of the local Windsor locations we serve include:
- Grand Bend
- St. Thomas
For more information about our law firm, or if you believe you may have a medical malpractice case, we invite you to contact our legal team at (866) 320-4770 today. Here, our lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, so we will not get paid unless a favorable verdict or settlement has been made and you recover.
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