I have represented clients in medical malpractice cases for 25 years. During that time, I have made some interesting observations. As Canadians, we are fortunate to have many excellent and dedicated doctors to care for us. Medicine is very complex. It is expected that a doctor’s first thoughts about a diagnosis or how to treat the symptoms a patient displays may not be correct. In many cases, the information a doctor has about a patient is not complete or could lead to more than one conclusion. It’s not negligent if they are not correct right away. However, really bad things can happen when a doctor refuses to accept that their initial thought may be incorrect. This is when a doctor can become negligent.
Ironically, doctors who are arrogant and believe they are not capable of making mistakes are usually the ones who do make negligent mistakes. Similarly, doctors who don’t listen to their patients and dismiss what they are told also seem to make more negligent mistakes. Fortunately, most doctors are open-minded and compassionate.
My firm looks at hundreds of potential medical malpractice cases each year. One of the first things I do is ask people how their doctor treated them or their family members. If a doctor has not been receptive to information provided, does not answer reasonable questions, or has been arrogant or dismissive, those are situations where I want to take a closer look.
There are many factors that determine whether or not a healthcare provider has been negligent. For additional information you may want to review our earlier blog posts from our medical malpractice team including:
- Medical malpractice disguised
- Five things you should know about medical malpractice claims
- Medical malpractice. A new standard in the standard of care?
If you think that you may have experienced medical malpractice, it is wise to seek legal advice. Getting an objective opinion will help you decide whether there are further steps you can, or should, take to protect your rights. Keep in mind that this is a unique and complex area of the law. Therefore, it is critical to seek legal advice from lawyers with expertise handling these types of cases. Our team has that expertise. Contact us for a free consultation.