Preventable medical injuries are fairly common in Canada, but successful medical malpractice claims are not. This is true for a variety of reasons. First, not every medical error is considered malpractice, as we discussed in a blog post earlier this year. Second, medical malpractice lawsuits are challenging and costly to pursue for even the most skilled medical malpractice lawyer. This is due in part to aggressive tactics pursued by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the organization tasked with defending physicians against malpractice claims.
A third reason why successful medical malpractice suits are relatively rare is that patients may not know how to access justice when they have been injured. The Canadian legal system is imposing at the best of times; after a serious injury, navigating this system can feel like an impossible burden.
Personal injury law firms like Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers specialize in helping vulnerable injury victims access justice and compensation for their pain and suffering. With that in mind, here are some steps you can take if you believe you have been harmed by the error or omission of a medical professional.
Keep track of your injuries
If you believe your physician failed to deliver an appropriate standard of care, be sure to document the injuries or ailments you have suffered as a result. Record all health issues in a journal and take pictures or videos of any physical symptoms. This type of evidence can help an experienced medical malpractice lawyer decide whether or not you have a viable case.
Request health documents
Compiling evidence is critical to the success of any medical malpractice lawsuit. In addition to the health records and photo or video evidence you have created, start assembling a file containing prescriptions, referrals, appointment notifications, test results – anything related to your care. Your personal injury lawyer can also help you request pertinent documents from your healthcare providers.
Contact a medical malpractice lawyer
If you believe that a doctor’s error or omission led to your injuries, contact a medical malpractice law firm as soon as possible. Firms like Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations with experienced medical malpractice lawyers. During these meetings, your lawyer will ask questions and review existing evidence in order to provide informed guidance and advice as you embark on your road to recovery.
If you’ve been injured in a medical setting, contact Neinstein today to arrange your free consultation. Our team is committed to providing the representation you need to facilitate your recovery.