Medical Malpractice

Types of Claims

Medical negligence claims encompass a variety of situations where healthcare providers fail to meet the expected standard of care, and that failure leads to patient harm. These include misdiagnosies, surgical errors, medication mistakes, birth injuries, anesthesia errors and inadequate post-operative care.

surgical negligence

Delayed or Missed Diagnoses

Delayed diagnosis can occur when patients are not informed about test results or medical decisions in a reasonable manner relative to those results or decisions. A misdiagnosis can delay a patient's access to the treatment they need. A patient's concerns may also be ignored or not taken seriously, which can lead to complications or incorrect conclusions about their condition.

Surgical Negligence

  • Errors in anesthesia
  • Failure to sterilize equipment
  • The wrong surgery being performed on a patient
  • Medical equipment left inside a patient post-surgery
  • Damage to body parts beyond the range of the surgery (i.e. blood vessels)
  • Failure to monitor and manage post-surgery complications
  • Being released too early from a recovery unit

Wrongful Death

A claim on behalf of your loved one's estate could arise as a result of negligent medical care.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Improper treatment of a spinal injury can result in a variety of acute and chronic complications, including loss of sensation and movement, chronic back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, changes in blood pressure and impaired breathing.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Failure to properly treat a concussion can result in memory loss, disorientation, migraine headaches, speech issues, personality changes and other serious complications.

Hospital/Administrative Negligence

A hospital is typically vicariously liable for its employees, and may be negligent if its policies do not meet the standard of care, or if its policies are not properly adhered to by its employees.

Breaches of Confidentiality

Healthcare providers have a duty to protect personal health information. A breach of confidentiality may occur if protocols that ensure patient data is kept secure are not maintained and/or followed.