Servicing Timmins and all of Ontario
Like many rural and Northern Ontario communities, Timmins must frequently contend with doctor shortages and lack of necessary local medical care. Programs to recruit new physicians to the community draw wide support from residents, and there is a celebratory mood when the press announces a new family doctor is setting up a practice or government funding has create more beds at the local hospital.
Medical professionals are universally held in high esteem, but in communities like Timmins they are an especially precious resource. Fear of losing a physician may be one reason a patient chooses to simply overlook a medical error. But when a medical practitioner breaches standards of care due to negligence and cause serious preventable harm to a patient, it’s called medical malpractice; medical professionals and facilities can and should be held to account for the system’s failings.
Types of Medical Malpractice
One in every 13 patients in Canada will experience an adverse event in a hospital or acute care facility, and an estimated 40 percent (70,000 patient injuries and 23,000 deaths each year) are preventable. Unfortunately, Timmins residents aren’t immune to these incidents.
Major forms of medical malpractice include:
- Birth Injuries – Preventable errors during the birthing process can result in cerebral palsy, brachial palsy and shoulder dystocia, perinatal asphyxia, bone fractures, spinal cord damage, and scarring
- Surgical Errors – Injury, disability or death can result from performing the wrong surgery, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving surgical instruments in the body.
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis – Improper testing, diagnostic errors or failure to perform the tests necessary to make a proper diagnosis can cause serious injury or untimely death.
- Medication Errors – Incorrect prescription or administration of medication (dosage, type of medicine, duration or method of delivery) can cause lasting damage or death to a patient.
Helping Victims of Malpractice in Timmins
Accidents, errors and mistakes can and do happen everywhere. Often in medical malpractice cases, an adverse event is not the result of a single error by one person, but by systemic failures that need to be addressed and corrected. When victims of these incidents tell their stories, they ensure the health care system makes positive changes that will benefit future patients.
But what about the victim’s own damages and losses? If you or a loved one has been injured by medical negligence, Howie, Sacks and Henry’s medical malpractice lawyers can help you to make a claim for compensation and the financial resources you’ll need as you move forward with your recovery. Insurance companies know our team builds strong cases designed to stand up to scrutiny in court if they don’t offer a fair and just settlement that meets your needs.
HSH’s medical malpractice lawyers have developed a strong reputation among our clients for the compassion and care we bring to our work. We understand how overwhelming it can be to go through the legal process while also coming to terms with learning to live with a tragic injury or disability or mourning the death of a loved one. At HSH, we want to ensure you never feel as though you are just a case to us. As your legal advisors, advocates and supporters, we endeavor to treat you with the attentiveness, respect, and dignity you deserve.
Dedicated Legal Team
HSH’s medical malpractice lawyers will gladly meet you in your home or at a nearby consultation office in Timmins, so you’ll never need to worry about travelling great distances to access high quality legal representation. You can be confident that with HSH on your side, you will have a dedicated and determined legal support team ready to help you every step of the way.
News You Can Use
- “Former [Timmins and District Hospital] Radiologist Alleges ‘Cover Up’.” Read More on TimminsPress.ca
- “Dr. Paul Preston, V-P Clinical With North East Local Health Integration Network, Says System Must Provide Adequately for Doctors Who Wish to Practise in Hinterland.” Read More on TimminsPress.ca
- “Matheson Doctor Says Patients at Risk Due to Lack of Funding.” Read More on TimminsPress.ca
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