Prince George Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Residents of Prince George have a right to expect that they will receive a high standard of care from area physicians and hospitals. Preszler Law established its Prince George medical malpractice law firm to help the city’s residents and their families recover the compensation they deserve when health care professionals fail to live up to that standard and cause serious complications and injuries.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a broad term that encompasses multiple different fact patterns:
- A physician or hospital might decline to offer certain services or offer lower quality services on account of a patient’s gender, race, or ethnic origin;
- A surgeon might fail to procure proper informed consent from a patient before surgery, which means that the patient did not receive a complete disclosure of possible alternatives to surgery or potential side effects of a surgical procedure;
- A physician might perform a procedure recklessly, causing injuries to healthy organs or leaving excessive scarring or bruising;
- A doctor might misread diagnostic test results and recommend the wrong treatment for a disease or other condition.
An injured patient will have a direct right to file a lawsuit. If the patient is a minor child or the patient’s injuries lead to a fatality, the family may also have an opportunity to file that lawsuit. Every lawsuit will be a function of the specific facts in each case. A medical malpractice lawyer will review them to establish which party has a right to sue and the monetary damages that the patient has a right to recover.
The Statute of Limitations and Other Medical Malpractice Restrictions
In British Columbia and throughout Canada, a patient must initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit no later than two years. The deadline is strict, and if a patient has any concerns over whether a medical procedure was performed properly, they should promptly contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
Canadian law also places limits on the amounts that an injured patient can recover for certain types of injuries, for example, pain and suffering damages are capped at $350,000. A Prince George personal injury lawyer will seek to recover other costs and expenses that are not subject to any caps, such as reimbursements for lost income, costs and expenses associated with rehabilitation and occupational therapy, and potential future medical expenses and case management costs for long-term medical care.
Challenging the Medical Malpractice Insurance Providers
In virtually every case, the patient’s lawyer will be up against the Canadian Medical Practice Association (CMPA), which provides a form of malpractice insurance coverage for physicians. The CMPA retains teams of lawyers who will either try to settle for very small amounts or who will deny the factual allegations made by the injured patient if it proceeds to trial.
Usually, a medical malpractice lawyer will hire an expert to establish the medical standards of care that apply in a specific case and to describe whether and to what extent a physician or hospital deviated from it. That lawyer will also develop a thorough description of all the costs and expenses incurred both in the present and in the future.
Contact Prince George Personal Injury Lawyers
Residents of Prince George can contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Preszler Law at any time of day or night for a complimentary consultation about their medical negligence injuries. Our law firm has offices in Vancouver and at six other satellite locations in British Columbia.
We also represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that our fees are paid directly from the damages that we recover. You will pay no fees directly, even if we are unable to recover damages for your injuries. Please see our website or call any one of our offices at your convenience