Whistler Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The Whistler medical malpractice law firm of Preszler Law respects the skills and professionalism of British Columbia hospitals, medical centers, and physicians who provide state-of-the-art healthcare to the province’s residents. However, if you are injured due to medical negligence, our lawyers can help you recover damages to compensate for your pain and suffering.
Recovering Damages for Medical Malpractice in British Columbia
A medical malpractice lawyer will generally rely on testimony from a health care expert to define a standard of care and to demonstrate how the provider fell short of it. The Canadian Medical Practice Association (CMPA), which insures and defends most Canadian physicians, will often hire its own experts to offer a contrary opinion. The knowledge and skill of the injured patient’s lawyer is a crucial factor in convincing a judge that their analysis is more credible.
Common Fact Pattern in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical malpractice claims can be based on several different fact patterns:
- A physician made a mistake while performing a procedure and that mistake injured the patient;
- A health care center refused to offer medical services for improper or discriminatory reasons;
- A doctor did not fully explain the potential adverse consequences of a procedure, and a patient opted to go ahead without giving fully informed consent;
- A patient’s illness was misdiagnosed, or a doctor prescribed inappropriate or incomplete treatment for a condition or disease.
The Statute of Limitations and Other Restrictions Applicable to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
A patient who is harmed due to medical malpractice must file their lawsuit within two years. In some cases, a patient may not be aware of the full scope of an injury for several weeks or months. A patient’s best opportunity to protect their right to recover damages is to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Under Canadian law, patients may be entitled to recover damages to compensate for their present and anticipated future medical expenses, costs of therapy, and benefits to cover salary or wages that were forfeited. They may also be able to recover up to $350,000 in compensation for their pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can provide a complete estimate of the damages that you may be entitled to recover.
Contact Whistler Personal Injury Lawyers to File a Medical Malpractice Claim
Residents of Whistler can contact us through our website or visit our Vancouver or Burnaby offices to speak with a lawyer. Our firm also maintains offices at five other locations in British Columbia. We fight to recover medical negligence damages awards for injured patients throughout the entire province.
We also offer complimentary initial consultations, and we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. We recover our fees from the damages that we collect for you, and you will never be asked to make a direct payment for our services or expenses.