At Neinstein, our medical malpractice lawyers are intimately aware of the broad reach of medical errors in Canada. We know that as many as 28,000 Canadians die each year of preventable harm in health care settings, and that many thousands more are injured. It’s our job to represent and support victims of preventable medical harm in the legal system – but it’s also our duty to speak about these events and raise awareness in the public arena.
October 28 to November 1 is Canadian Patient Safety Week, an annual, nationwide campaign launched in 2005 by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute with the mission of inspiring “extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality.”
This year’s campaign revolves around the goal of conquering silence. Patient safety incidents are the third-leading cause of death in Canada, behind only cancer and heart disease. One in three Canadians has either experienced preventable harm first-hand or has a friend or relative who has been affected. Despite this, the general public remains largely unaware of the scope of the issue. Current rates of preventable harm put 1.2 million Canadians at risk of a fatal medical error over the next 30 years; Patient Safety Week aims to break the pattern of silence – “silence between patients and providers, between colleagues in healthcare facilities, between administrators in different regions, and between the public and policymakers” – to improve healthcare quality in Canada.
Visit ConquerSilence.ca to share your story or share your story on social media using the hashtag #ConquerSilence.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been injured in a medical setting, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn how we can help. Our experienced team of medical malpractice lawyers has experience with a wide variety of medical errors, including errors involving brain injuries and strokes, hernia mesh injuries, hospital and nursing errors, missed and delayed diagnoses, surgical errors, and obstetrical malpractice.
During our nearly 50 years of practice, our legal team has come to understand not only how ubiquitous medical errors are, but also how difficult it is for victims of medical injuries to access compensation. Under Canada’s medical malpractice system, injured patients face an uphill legal battle. Doctors are protected by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), which takes a ‘scorched earth’ approach to malpractice defence. To make matters more complicated, plaintiffs are burdened with a heavy burden of proof that makes success at trial extremely challenging.
Despite these barriers, Neinstein’s team of medical malpractice lawyers has successfully represented numerous victims of medical errors, and may be able to help you family access compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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