September 8, 2017
Questions about medical malpractice in Calgary? Get answers from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Being a victim of medical malpractice can be a scary thing. Though the vast majority of healthcare professionals and organizations in Calgary always carefully adhere to established medical standards and guidelines for the procedures they perform, this can make it all the worse when a negligent mistake causes you or a family member serious harm. The medical team you counted on and trusted let you down, and it can feel like you have nowhere to turn.
Fortunately, the law entitles you to consult with an experienced Calgary personal injury lawyer if you believe you've been the victim of medical malpractice. Your lawyer will be able to help you get the compensation you're entitled to and the justice you deserve, helping to make you and your family whole again while also hopefully restoring your sense of safety and your peace of mind.
But first, your lawyer will help you determine if medical malpractice has truly occurred. Calgary's personal injury laws are quite complex, and medical malpractice cases are frequently the most complicated type of personal injury claim to proceed with. By breaking down the facts of your unique circumstance and the law as it applies to those facts, your lawyer will provide insight into whether or not you have a viable malpractice case against your medical professional(s).
Here and in Part 2 of this article, we'll look at a few of the basic questions your personal injury lawyer (and the Calgary courts) will consider.
Was a Calgary Medical Professional Negligent in Your Malpractice Case?
One of the first questions that your Calgary personal injury lawyer will need to determine the answer to is whether or not any negligence occurred in your potential malpractice case. A healthcare professional and/or organization acts negligently when they/it fails to live up to the established standards of care of their profession and/or the guidelines and best practices for the diagnostic and treatment procedures they offered and performed.
In brief, negligence means someone did something they clearly weren't supposed to do—or failed to do something they were clearly expected to do. In medical malpractice cases, however, establishing negligence can be difficult and frequently requires opinions from medical experts. Not every mistake rises to the level of negligence. Only when that error is egregious enough to demonstrate a disregard for professional standards and patient safety has negligence occurred.
Contact a Calgary Lawyer With Your Medical Malpractice Questions Today
Negligence is only the beginning of establishing a viable medical malpractice case in Calgary. We will look at more in Part 2 of this article. In the meantime, if you have questions about a potential medical malpractice case affecting you or a family member, please contact our Calgary personal injury law office today for a free initial consultation.
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