If you or someone you love suffered injuries or passed away due to the negligence or wrongdoing of a doctor or healthcare provider, Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you win compensation. Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death and severe injury, reports the Huffington Post, and it happens more often than many people realize. If you have been a victim, you may be eligible for compensation to pay for your ensuing medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we have decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of injured victims in Ottawa and surrounding areas. We offer a free case evaluation and may be available to get started on your case right away. We have a medical malpractice lawyer serving Ottawa who is eager to meet you and evaluate your situation.
To get started today by speaking with a member of the dedicated staff at Preszler Injury Lawyers, call us at 1-800-JUSTICE.
Our medical malpractice lawyers can meet with you in Ottawa for a free initial consultation. Call (416) 364-2000
Medical Malpractice Injuries in Ottawa, Ontario
Medical malpractice is all too common and can result from negligence, carelessness, incompetence, ignorance, and, on occasion, malicious behaviour. If you became injured or ill while under the care of a doctor or healthcare professional, there is a good chance that you were a victim of medical malpractice—even if you do not yet realize it. It is therefore important that you speak with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Ottawa as soon as possible about your situation so that it can be evaluated, and a determination might be made on whether you might qualify for compensation.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we have investigative staff that may be able to look into your injury, determine exactly what happened and why, and identify who was responsible. Despite what many people believe, medical malpractice cases do not always involve doctors only. Any number of parties may be liable for injuries that occur while receiving medical care.
Examples of parties who may be liable for your medical malpractice injury include the following and more:
Even though doctors are not always the liable party in medical malpractice cases, they are a sensible place to start. Because doctors have so much control over a patient’s care, there is a lot of room for them to make mistakes due to negligence or incompetence. If you were injured or became ill under a doctor’s care, we may be able to scrutinize their behaviour leading up to your condition and determine if they fell short of their professional duty at any time.
Another Medical Staff Member or Healthcare Provider
The duty of care that exists in any doctor-patient relationship also extends to every member of the physician’s staff, even those who are only peripherally involved in the situation (such as lab or X-ray technicians). Examples of medical staff members who may share in the liability for a medical malpractice situation include nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants.
The Healthcare Facility
Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, often have vicarious liability for the actions of their employees and contractors. That means if you suffered a medical malpractice injury because of a mistake by a doctor, the facility that employs the doctor may also be liable.
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Building a Successful Medical Malpractice Claim
For a medical malpractice claim to succeed, it needs to include compelling evidence that makes four conditions clear:
The Other Party Owed You a Duty of Care
We first must show that the person or entity we are claiming is responsible for your injury owed you a duty of care. As mentioned, this duty is automatically implied anytime a doctor-patient relationship exists, and it extends to the full medical staff of the physician. We may be able to present evidence of this relationship and make it clear that the responsible party or parties owed you a duty of care.
The Other Party Violated Their Duty of Care
Next, we must demonstrate that the other party failed to uphold their duty of care to you. Healthcare professionals must meet the “reasonable person” standard when treating patients. That means their conduct must be as good as or better than what one would expect from a reasonable person with the same education and training and in the same situation.
We may be able to bring in expert witnesses to help us show that the responsible party did not meet this standard. These witnesses may consist of other healthcare providers who review the evidence and testify as to how they would have responded to the situation.
You Suffered Injuries as a Result
Third, we must show how the other party’s failure of duty directly caused or contributed to your injuries. We may be able to draw upon several pieces of evidence to make this connection clear, including your medical records, the testimony of other physicians, and even statements from the responsible parties themselves.
You Incurred Damages
Lastly, we must list the damages that you incurred because of your medical malpractice injuries. These damages include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Call 1-800-JUSTICE Today for a Free Case Evaluation from Preszler Injury Lawyers
A medical malpractice lawyer serving Ottawa, Ontario, from Preszler Injury Lawyers is eager to get to work on your claim today. If you got injured while receiving medical care, we may be able to help you recover a substantial settlement. We offer a free case evaluation and are eager to meet you as soon as possible. To speak with a member of our staff today, call us at 1-800-JUSTICE. Act quickly; according to Ontario’s Limitations Act, you could have as little as two years to file a lawsuit.