Medical malpractice is a serious problem in Ontario: in a 2004 study of adverse events in the Canadian healthcare system, it was estimated that as many as 9,143 patients had died as a result of 72,000 adverse medical events in this province alone, with the vast majority going unreported. The diligent work of medical malpractice lawyers is needed in order to curb this trend.
As a patient in the Ontario healthcare system, you are entitled to receive a high standard of care from your practitioner. When you enter a hospital, doctor's office, or medical clinic in Sarnia or elsewhere in the province, you should expect to receive an attentive, reliable level of care from the doctor, nurse, midwife, or other medical professional attending to you. However, any healthcare worker is capable of human error. An instance of medical malpractice can occur at any point throughout your stay at a medical facility, and if you or a family member have been the victim of an adverse medical event, you have a right to compensation.
Medical malpractice cases are very complicated. At their most severe, medical errors can cause life-long disability or even death. Not all medical injuries are avoidable, but if a health care professional fails to act with a reasonable standard of care, and their failure to supply that care causes a serious injury or death, the result is medical malpractice. In addition to the potential to cause serious physical or mental disabilities, an instance of medical negligence or malpractice can cause great pain and confusion for both the affected patient and their family.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Owing to the complexity of medical malpractice cases, they rely on the prompt gathering and preservation of relevant evidence. A medical malpractice lawyer can get you and your family on track to receiving the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, while allowing you the freedom of mind to begin your recovery process. In the Ontario healthcare system, medical malpractice lawyers play an important role in ensuring that health care practitioners are held responsible for their errors.
The team of medical malpractice lawyers at Neinstein & Associates will fight for you and your family. Our team of talented, experienced medical malpractice lawyers, led by Duncan Embury, has experience with cases regarding birthing injuries, acquired brain injuries, tPA administration, atrial fibrillation, surgical negligence, cardiac arrest, sepsis, hypoxic brain injuries, failures to monitor, medications errors, nursing errors, and breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. Neinstein's medical malpractice lawyers will guide you and your loved ones through every step of the legal system to ensure you get the compensation and care you deserve.
Neinstein Medical Malpractice Lawyers offers legal services to the Sarnia area. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, you should contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. One of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine whether pursuing a medical malpractice claim is the right decision for you and your family.
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.