In recent months, there has been a significant amount of media attention devoted to various medical malpractice and related lawsuits in Canada, a positive indication that medical malpractice issues are gaining more and more public exposure in Canada.
This is beneficial for both patients and families affected by medical malpractice. Often, individuals affected by serious medical error do not realize that their injury or injuries were preventable, that these injuries should be investigated, or that they may be entitled to financial remuneration for the injuries.
As the media spotlight continues to shine on these issues, and as public discourse continues, injured patients will become better informed and can arm themselves with the information needed to potentially ask questions about their own treatment, and to seek help.
Medical Malpractice in the News
National news outlets have recently been reporting on various serious medical errors that have led to medical malpractice lawsuits, including the removal of the wrong testicle during a routine orchiectomy (testicle removal surgery). The man affected by the error was awarded more than $1 million in damages.
In another recent ground-breaking case, a judge found that an anesthetist was negligent after a woman woke up in the midst of a cancer surgery, and subsequently heard the surgeons speaking, felt what they were doing inside of her abdomen, and experienced excruciating pain- all without being able to indicate that she was awake.
A $5.5 Million Award
Since the firm’s beginnings more than 40 years ago, the medical malpractice lawyers at Sommers Roth & Elmaleh have represented individuals injured by medical malpractice, and particularly children who were physically injured or brain damaged at birth due to negligence.
Most recently, we were successful in obtaining a $5.5 million award for an Innisfil, Ontario family affected by obstetrical malpractice. This is an example of a case where, unless the parents in question asked questions and pressed for answers, they would never have found out from the hospital that the injuries their daughter suffered had been caused by two nurses. During the lengthy medical malpractice trial, the court learned that birthing complications resulted in cerebral palsy, behavioural issues, and cognitive impairments. The judge ultimately ordered the hospital to pay the family $5.5 million for future loss of income, extraordinary care, speech therapy, and general damages.
At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, our team of compassionate and skilled medical malpractice lawyers have been helping families affected by medical malpractice for over 40 years. We have represented injured clients in some of Canada’s leading medical malpractice trials and have won awards for our clients that have been the largest in Canadian history. We take care of every element of our clients’ case, so that they can focus on their family and on moving forward. Call us at 1-416-961-1212 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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