We rely on doctors, nurses, and hospital staff to treat us when we are injured or in poor health. Yet, healthcare workers sometimes commit errors in the course of fulfilling their duties, as is the case in any other occupation. Depending on the circumstances, patients may be eligible to receive compensation to the extent that the error in treatment exacerbated the original injury, caused additional injury, or death.
If you suspect that you have sustained an injury caused by substandard medical treatment in North Bay, call Preszler Injury Lawyers now at 1-800-JUSTICE to learn how we may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical malpractice injury.
Our medical malpractice lawyers can meet with you in North Bay for a free initial consultation. Call (416) 364-2000
Potential Examples of Medical Malpractice
Many people think that medical malpractice generally implies that a healthcare professional was negligent while administering medical treatment that caused compounded injuries or death. However, not all injuries that occur during medical treatment qualify for compensation. The law in Ontario requires the plaintiff to prove the medical professional violated their industry’s standard of care. Some examples of recoverable medical malpractice may include:
- Surgical errors
- Birth-related injuries
- Unreasonably delayed diagnosis
- Prescription errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failing to follow up after treatment
- Procedures performed without or in excess of the scope of the consent
- Failing to review your medical history before treatment
- Wrongful death
This is not an exhaustive list. Your injury may be from another circumstance.
Before performing medical procedures, healthcare providers are required to explain the significant risks associated with the procedure to you and obtain your consent. However, they are required to notify you of all major risks which could reasonably be expected to follow the treatment. If another doctor in a similar field, treating similar injuries under a similar set of circumstances made a different decision than your doctor, we may be able to prove that your doctor was medically negligent.
The provider administering treatment is also limited to performing only procedures to which you have consented. If the provider performs a procedure that is unrelated to the treatment to which you have consented without obtaining additional consent for the second procedure, you may be able to recover compensation.
The compensation that you may be eligible to receive will depend on your injuries and treatment costs. If the malpractice in question resulted in any permanent injury, you may be entitled to additional compensation on that basis. If you qualify, you may be able to recover damages for the following losses:
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Cost of current and future medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We may also be able to pursue other sources of compensation, depending on the circumstances of your case. The law in Ontario states that claims for medical malpractice must be filed within two years of the date that the injury was discovered. However, there may be exceptions to this because some injuries may not be discovered until months or years after the malpractice actually occurred. If you believe that you were injured while receiving medical treatment, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers immediately at 1-800-JUSTICE.
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Preszler Injury Lawyers May Be Able to Handle Your Claim
Whether negotiating a settlement or taking a claim to court, an effective medical malpractice case takes time to build. Many medical malpractice cases are often resolved in the settlement phase, but this process can be quite complicated. The defendant’s insurance company may try to undervalue your claim and pay you an insufficient settlement. The defendant’s insurer may also try to argue that you contributed to your own injury in some way to justify a reduction or denial of your claim.
This is why you should not accept any offers to settle your claim before speaking with us. We may hire independent medical professionals who are trained in the same type of treatment as the defendant to learn if other healthcare providers would have provided the same care in the same or similar situation in which your injury occurred. Virtually any healthcare professional may be liable for your injuries, including the hospital or medical practice in which the misconduct took place.
Trying to determine if your medical malpractice claim qualifies for compensation can feel nearly impossible to accomplish on your own. If you have been injured during medical treatment, you want to have a medical malpractice lawyer and independent medical experts on your side. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we know what it takes to investigate and develop your medical malpractice case in North Bay. Once we go to work for you, we may immediately begin the process of:
- Determining an estimate of the actual value of your claim
- Determining the parties responsible for causing your injury
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering evidence
- Reviewing medical records
- Consulting with independent medical experts
- Filing claims within appropriate timeframes
- Keeping you up to date and informed at all stages of your case
- Negotiating a potential settlement on your behalf
- Representing you in court, if necessary
These are only some of the tasks we may be able to take care of for you. We want to take the stress of pursuing damages off your shoulders while you recover. Let us handle all the little things that come with filing a claim. Call us today. Do not wait to reach out to us. We may be able to start building your case the day you call.
Preszler Injury Lawyers Wants to Help You With Your Case
We may be able to handle your malpractice claim from start to finish. We do not get paid unless we recover money for you. You will not be required to pay any upfront costs or fees. If you are unable to come to our offices, we may come to your home, office, or hospital room—wherever is most convenient for you. Call us today at 1-800-JUSTICE for a free, no-obligation initial consultation with our team.