Squamish Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Squamish offers its residents ideal access to both the urban environments of Vancouver and the wilderness of western British Columbia. Their ability to enjoy the town’s location can be curtailed by injuries caused by medical negligence. Our team at the Squamish medical malpractice law firm of Preszler Law helps individuals get back on their feet. We have the experience to challenge negligent physicians, the Canadian Medical Practice Association (CMPA) and to recover damages awards to our clients for their malpractice injuries.
Standards of Medical Care in British Columbia
A medical malpractice lawyer will usually retain a medical expert to define a standard of care, and to measure that against what happened to the patient. The patient’s lawyer will then show how the physician’s or hospital’s substandard treatment violated that standard of care. The CMPA, which provides legal defences and liability protection for most Canadian doctors, might offer to settle a malpractice case for a lesser amount. An experienced lawyer will fight for a greater amount that includes both current and anticipated future medical expenses, costs of occupational and physical rehabilitation, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Conduct that Can Catalyze a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Medical malpractice is not limited to errors in administering medical or surgical treatments. An injured patient might also have a valid cause of action for medical malpractice if a hospital or physician:
- Declined or withheld medical care on account of the patient’s gender, race, or ethnic status;
- Failed to explain a medical treatment in enough detail to allow the patient to understand potential adverse side effects;
- Made a wrong diagnosis of a medical condition and provided harmful treatment based on it.
Medical Malpractice Time Limits and Other Limitations
Canadian law sets a strict deadline of two years to file a lawsuit. You can give yourself the best opportunity to recover the largest available damages award if you contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer well before this deadline expires. Your lawyer can then interview witnesses and review your medical records while they are still fresh and clear in everyone’s mind.
Canadian law also limits a patient’s potential recovery for pain and suffering at $350,000. That limit, however, applies only to pain and suffering and not to other damages that a lawyer might seek. Whether you have suffered injuries as a result of a medical error or you only suspect this has happened, you should promptly contact a lawyer to analyze your case and to give you an estimate of the damages that you may be entitled to recover.
Call the Squamish Personal Injury Lawyers
Preszler Law has offices in Vancouver and Burnaby, and at five other satellite locations in British Columbia to represent residents of Squamish and its surrounding communities in medical malpractice lawsuits. You can call our firm for a no-fee initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, who will analyze the facts of your case and provide an objective assessment of your opportunity to recover damages.
Further, if you retain our services and we agree to accept your case, you will not be billed directly for our services. We represent injured patients on a contingency fee basis, and our fees are paid out of the damages that we recover for you. Please see our website or call us any time of day or night.