When patients enter a hospital for medical treatment, they believe that proper steps will be taken to resolve their medical problem. They hope for healing. They don’t expect the care they receive will cause them further injury — or premature death. Yet every year in hospitals across Canada, dozens of patients are harmed due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or hospital.
For many people, it is hard to know if a negligent hospital error was the cause of their injury or if their existing health problem was the issue. No one wants to believe their doctor was negligent and few people have the in-depth understanding of medical care needed to identify medical malpractice.
Hospitals and Doctors Can Make Errors
Hospital errors can include:
- Medication errors, which can occur when patients receive the wrong drug, an improper dosage of a drug, tainted or dangerous drugs, or drugs they should never have received because of drug interactions or an allergic reaction to the drug.
- Surgical errors, which can occur when the wrong patient file is reviewed, when the wrong part of the body is operated on and when foreign objects such as sponges and surgical tools are left in the body.
- Misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose, which can occur when there is a failure to order tests, a failure to review test data in a timely manner or a failure to refer to a specialist when necessary.
You may not be sure if your injury was caused by negligence, but if you even suspect that you were injured due to medical malpractice, talk to a personal injury lawyer who understands medical malpractice. Sometimes it is important just to have answers and to finally know the truth. And if your injuries were the result of hospital or doctor error, it is also important to get justice and compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you think that you or a loved one may have been the victim of a hospital or doctor error or medical malpractice, arrange a free consultation with the lawyers at Hoogbruin & Company.
Our lawyers will listen to you and advise on steps you can take. We can review your medical records and if we believe you have a case, we can access medical experts for further evaluation. Call 604-609-3783 today. Most of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means that you will not owe us lawyer’s fees unless we make a recovery for you.