Toronto Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Legal Help for Those Injured by Medical Malpractice
Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals pursue medical careers because they care about ill and injured people, and they want to help. Sometimes, however, health care providers make preventable medical errors that seriously harm patients.
I am Donald L. Granatstein, Q.C., LL.M., a Toronto medical malpractice lawyer. I represent people who have sustained serious permanent injuries due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic or other health care provider. I also represent the survivors of those who died a wrongful death due to medical malpractice.
To be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim, you must be able to show:
- Negligence: The health care provider violated accepted standards of care. If the doctor gave appropriate health care, but you had a bad outcome anyhow, there are no grounds for malpractice.
- Causation: The health care provider’s negligence caused your injuries: The harm you suffered must be directly linked to their negligent behavior.
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result of the negligence:If a doctor made a mistake, but you did not suffer lasting harm, there are no grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
One of my cases involved a patient who had a suspicious lump biopsied. The sample was sent to a pathologist without a return address or phone number. The pathologist identified cancer, but had no way to communicate his report to the patient’s doctor. A simple clerical error prevented my client from receiving early medical intervention when the cancer was most treatable.
Other types of medical malpractice include:
- Birth injuries: Failure to perform a timely C-section or recognize fetal distress can cause cerebral palsy or other forms of permanent brain damage in a baby who would otherwise have been born healthy. Improper delivery technique can cause shoulder dystocia and other injuries to the brachial plexus, the nerves that control the shoulder and arm.
- Medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Diagnostic mistakes can deprive the patient of the chance to obtain potentially lifesaving therapy.
- Surgical errors: including performing the wrong surgery, performing the right surgery on the wrong site, failure to monitor for postoperative complications, perforations of organs
- Prescription errors: ordering the wrong prescription or dispensing the wrong drug or wrong dosage
- Medication errors: administering the wrong drug or giving the right drug to the wrong person
- Emergency room errors: failure to recognize and respond to the symptoms of heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism
In order to pursue a claim, you must begin legal action within two years from the time you knew the facts giving rise to your injury.
If you have been harmed by medical malpractice, please contact my office by e-mail or call 416 653 2442 (toll free at 866 825 2442). From my office in Toronto, Ontario, I represent clients throughout the GTA.