When we're looking for a doctor, our best bet is to rely on the advice of our friends and family, but as in every industry, there are some doctors who aren't as thorough or may be facing complaints for their professional conduct. This may either have no effect on our health or a profound effect when they miss out on critical signs of an illness or issue or incorrectly diagnose an illness.
The first step to treat a patient is the diagnosis, which will affect the next steps that will be taken. If this is incorrect, any treatment or medication may have serious adverse effects on a patient, which may not have needed to occur in the first place. In other cases, the illness and symptoms can continue to worsen, which may decrease a person's chances of a full recovery and greatly impact their quality of life.
Whenever a person buys a product or eats at a restaurant, the amount of information they have about a product or service influences their choice.
In the past, Canadians could only access a limited amount of information when a doctor faced discipline by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), but recently the CPSO announced changes to improve its transparency.
Information about any physicians who are "orally cautioned" by the CPSO will now be published to the website. Doctors may face this reprimand when they're faced with serious complaints, such as not communicating well with patients, not issuing timely referrals and when there's been a mistake made in prescribed medication, according to the Toronto Star.
Also, if a doctor faced criminal charges, was disciplined in another province or was required to take continuing education, the public will now have access to this information.
Before this announcement, Canadians were privy to a limited amount of information in regards to complaints against doctors. The CPSO only made complaints public that were referred to the disciplinary committee. These cases include when serious medical errors or abuse have occurred, which can lead a doctor to lose their license, but these account for a very small two percent of the complaints the CPSO investigates, according to the Toronto Star.
For the other 98 percent of complaints, Canadians had no insight into how the issues were resolved and the punishments doctors received. The good news is that this is now changing and while there still needs to be more information made public, such as details about undertakings where doctors are allowed to voluntarily resign in exchange of the CPSO dropping prosecution, this information is a start to assist Canadians in choosing a doctor.
Medical malpractice lawyers play an important role in our healthcare system by ensuring that patients receive proper care. If you feel that the treatment you or a loved one received from a doctor or nurse was below an appropriate standard, a medical malpractice lawyer can help you assess your situation and advocate on your behalf.
If you are faced with an issue with your healthcare, a good medical malpractice lawyer is important since they will be able to merge their knowledge of healthcare with their expertise as a legal representative. Neinstein's medical malpractice lawyers serve the GTA and we are dedicated towards providing the best professional service, but they are also concerned about your recovery and well-being.
If you live in the GTA, get in touch with a medical malpractice lawyer if you or a loved one feel the care provided by a doctor or nurse was inadequate. Neinstein Medical Malpractice Lawyers will provide free, no obligation consultations.
The lawyers in our medical malpractice group at Neinstein are part of a winning team that is dedicated to patient safety. Our lawyers are frequently recommended by former clients and by the Lexpert directory.
Duncan Embury leads the medical malpractice team as a top-listed advocate by Lexpert and Best Lawyers Canada in 2020/2021. He is also a recipient of the Lexpert Zenith Award (2010) and the OTLA Distinguished Service Award (2013). All of the medical malpractice lawyers at Neinstein are passionate advocates both inside the courtroom and in the medical-legal community.
Contact a Neinstein medical malpractice lawyer today to schedule your free consultation at no obligation to you. If you or someone you love has suffered from the effects of medical malpractice, let our experience work for you.
If you or someone you love has suffered from the effects of medical malpractice, a lawyer at Neinstein LLP can help. Our medical negligence specialists will fight for your rights and the protection of your family when it is needed the most. Let our experience work for you.
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Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare practitioner falls below the standard of care and causes injury. We think of these as preventable injuries. Not all injuries or unintended consequences are a result of medical malpractice. It is important to speak with a lawyer and to have your medical records fully reviewed in order to determine whether medical malpractice may have occurred. In most medical malpractice cases, the injury is permanent and often life-altering.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are not designed to punish the wrongdoer. Instead, the lawsuits are focused on compensation. If you or your loved one has experienced a possible medical error resulting in injury, you are not alone. Our specialized team will guide you through every step of the process.
A brain injury can occur in a variety of ways, and is often devastating. We understand how difficult it is to navigate the consequences of an acquired brain injury. Whether you or your loved one has suffered a stroke, a surgical complication, or any other medical error resulting in brain injury, our team has the knowledge and experience to help victims secure compensation for their future.
"Birth Injury" refers to injury to infants during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or the post-delivery period. The injury often involves the brain. This can be diagnosed soon after birth, or there may be a delay before it is recognized. Birth injuries can lead to permanent disabilities. If you suspect your child may have suffered a birth injury, it is never too late to call a birth injury lawyer for advice.
Spinal cord injury can occur due to various types of medical error. The injury can occur suddenly as a result of a medical or surgical complication, or it may occur over time because of a delay in the diagnosis of an otherwise treatable issue. The impact of a spinal-cord injury can be life-altering. Our team has extensive experience working on behalf of victims of preventable spinal cord injury.
To prove medical malpractice, the person starting the lawsuit ("the Plaintiff") must have expert evidence to establish that the healthcare practitioner ("the Defendant") breached a reasonable standard of care and that the breach caused the injury. This is called proving liability. You must also prove that you suffered resulting damages that are recognized by law.
Our law requires the use of experts in medical malpractice cases. A qualified expert is the only person who can comment on the standard of care, if it was breached, and if it caused an injury. An expert's opinion must be based on the facts of the case, including a review of the medical records.
Having the right expert is extremely important.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex. Most medical malpractice cases involve injuries that are serious, permanent, and have had a life-changing impact on the victim.
In Canada, claims for "pain and suffering" are capped. For practical reasons, most medical malpractice cases involve claims beyond pain and suffering. For example, these claims may include loss of income and care-related costs, which are not capped.
Medical errors and negligence almost always cause some pain and suffering to victims and their families. If the resulting injury is not permanent in nature, a formal lawsuit may not be the appropriate route. In these cases, you may wish to contact the relevant Regulator (for example, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario), or the Patient Relations department at the hospital, in order to voice your concerns.
Our perception about the quality of healthcare we receive as patients can be dependent on the manner in which it was delivered. If you feel that you were subject to poor bedside manner or even a rude or dismissive attitude, you should contact the Patient Relations department at the hospital in order to voice your concerns.
In most circumstances, our lawyers do not act on behalf of victims of dental malpractice.