Patients Treated With Unsterilized Forceps
In August 2013, New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network sent registered letters to at least 2,497 patients of the Miramichi Regional Hospital colposcopy clinic. These people had been patients from May 1999 until at least May 24, 2013. The letters explained that the Hospital had treated patients with disinfected but unsterilized forceps for that 14-year period. Patients had been exposed to a remote risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. They were invited for a blood test.
Outrage ensued from the public discovery of this large-scale and long-time error. Not only did the Hospital expose patients to the risk of contracting infection over a 14-year period and break a long-held North American medical standard, it also violated the confidentiality of medical information by sending registered letters identifying patients as exposed to potential infection. In a small community, it was obvious who had been put at risk of infection based on who the registered mail was delivered to.
Ches Crosbie at Patient Injury Law has partnered with Wagners law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia to sue Miramichi Regional Hospital on behalf of patients of the colposcopy clinic.
Important Certification Update
The Mirimichi Forceps Class Action is now certified. Class counsel suggests that all Class Members take a moment to read the Certification Order and associated documents so that they are familiar with their legal rights concerning the class proceeding. Click the links below to view:
- Certification Order, signed by the Honourable Justice Ouellette
- Notice of Certification in English & French
- Opt-Out and Opt-In forms
The deadline for individuals wishing to opt-out or opt-in to the class action was July 1, 2016. Wagners Law Firm should have received completed Opt-Out or Opt-In forms on or before this date.
If you reside in New Brunswick and wish to be involved in the class action, you are not required to do anything further at this time. Although, you may wish to download a Registration Form and send it to Wagners so that we register you in the class action database.
If you reside in New Brunswick and do not wish to be involved in the class action, the deadline for returning an Opt-Out form, indicating that you wish to be removed as a class member, was July 1, 2016.
If you do not reside in New Brunswick and wish to be considered and registered as a class member, you should have returned an Opt-In form indicating that you wish to be added as a class member. Wagners should have received this form on or before July 1, 2016.
Please contact Wagners law firm at 1-800-465-8794 if you have any questions about the process.