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A few years ago, the editor of an independent Sarnia newspaper wrote a passionate defense of the community’s local hospital. He explained that when Sarnians talk about the hospital, they often mention “a horror story” about a common illness being misdiagnosed or a misprescribed medication. The editor went on to state that it’s almost a mantra in the city to say: “If you want good treatment you gotta go to London.”
Unfortunately, Sarnia residents who think that travelling to London would mean they wouldn’t face issues such as misdiagnosis or medication errors are sadly mistaken. No hospital or acute facility, regardless of where it’s located, is immune to these types of serious medical errors. One in every 13 patients across Canada will experience a preventable adverse event during their treatments. Approximately 70,000 of these patients will sustain serious harm or injury from these events, and about 23,000 will die each year as a result.
When It’s More Than A Mistake, It’s Malpractice
We hold doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in high esteem and value their knowledge, skill and ability to help us maintain or recover good health. Yet, even these professionals can make mistakes. Some of these errors are unavoidable. For example, a doctor may misdiagnose an illness after completing standard diagnostics because a presenting patient is exhibiting symptoms that could be one of many maladies. Any other reasonable doctor could have made the same mistake.
However, if a doctor breaches standards of care (by conducting incomplete testing or improperly administering tests) and this negligence results in a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis that causes a patient harm, it’s called medical malpractice.
Other common types of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical Errors – Leaving foreign objects in the body, performing the wrong surgery or operating on the wrong body part or patient.
- Birth Injuries – Cerebral palsy, brachial palsy and shoulder dystocia, birth and perinatal asphyxia, acquired brain injuries, spinal cord damage, fractures, and scarring.
- Medication Errors – Incorrect prescribing or administering of medication (dose, type of medicine, duration or method of delivery).
If medical negligence causes serious injury, disability or death, it is devastating for victims and their loved ones.
Helping The Injured In Sarnia
When standards of care are breached and you or a loved one are seriously injured, Howie, Sacks and Henry’s medical malpractice lawyers can help you in Sarnia. Our knowledgeable and experienced team has the expertise to help you navigate this complex area of law and make a claim for compensation and damages for your losses.
HSH’s medical malpractice lawyers have earned a strong reputation for the compassion and care we bring to our interactions with clients. You are never just a case to us – you are a person deserving the utmost respect, dignity and attention during this challenging time in you life. We are always willing to meet with your home in Sarnia or at a nearby consultation office to listen to your story and discuss your case. Distance should never be a barrier to high quality care.
We’re On Your Side
Insurance companies know HSH is determined to negotiate a fair and just settlement, and we have no hesitation about going to court if their offer doesn’t meet our clients needs. As your legal advisors and advocates, you can be confident that HSH’s medical malpractice lawyers will become a trusted part of your support team in Sarnia and see you through this difficult period.
News You Can Use
- “City Hospital’s Reputation Is Outdated.” Read The Article on the Sarnia Journal website.
- “Bluewater Health Projecting a $2.8-million Deficit for 2017-18, Promising No Job Cuts.” Read the Article on The Observer website.
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