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Mistaken Diagnosis not Negligent

In this medical negligence case the claimant suffered a stroke from an undiagnosed condition which left her with brain damage and paralysis. She sued the pediatric neurologist that started treating her at age 13. She claimed the doctor fell below the standard expected of a reasonably competent Pediatric Neurologist. However, where a specialist physician follows…

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$5.85 Million Settlement Test Future Loss Rates

Loss of future income and cost of future care are often awarded in one lump sum in personal injury cases. A $5.85 million medical malpractice settlement  has tested the court rationale behind the discount rate on future losses. The Court of Appeal has reduced the award of $997,060 for investment management fees to $50,000.00. Defendant’s…

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Sued Doctors Can Disclose Medical Records

The Court of Appeal has upheld the dismissal of a bizarre medical-legal malpractice case. The appellant alleged that he was mistreated and assaulted by hospital staff. His claim included defamation, malicious prosecution, battery and physical assault, and intentional infliction of harm. (Universe v. Fraser Health Authority, 2019 BCCA 234) The lawyers representing the doctors were…

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Experts Limited in Medical Malpractice

Life saving surgeons and medical practitioners assist the court with informed opinions in medical malpractice cases. However, the government has imposed limits on the number of expert and expert reports permitted. Therefore after February 1, 2020 medical malpractice cases will have new challenges. Many medical procedures are beyond the courts understanding. Educating the judge is…

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Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice

What is informed consent? In negligence, informed consent is essentially a duty of disclosure. A doctor meeting the right standard can still be found negligent if they don’t properly disclose the risks of treatment to the patient. Negligence versus Battery Lack of patient consent engages both the tort of negligence and the tort of battery.…

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Malpractice Settlement Amounts

Medical malpractice settlements are generally private and therefore not reported. The amount of the settlement will reflect the risk of going to trial. These are civil lawsuits brought by patients against negligent care providers. Settlements are paid to the patient by an insurance company. As a result, a release agreement must be signed. The settlement…

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Starting Medical Malpractice Basics

In medical malpractice cases there is no uniform standard of care governing all doctors. Standard of Care A medical doctor’s error in clinical judgment does not necessarily lead to medical malpractice. Similarly, a poor outcome from medical treatment does not always mean a doctor is legally responsible. The proper standard is related to the doctor’s…

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