Abbotsford Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyer - BC Clinical Negligencec Compensation Claims

Canada has a poor record for medical malpractice with over 70 fatalities every single day attributed to clinical negligence. In addition there are a further 300 serious injuries every day caused by erroneous treatment by doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians operating in a wide range of medical facilities including hospitals and clinics. The majority of those injured in Oshawa Hospital do not even consider taking legal action with less than 10% of victims taking advice on medical malpractice compensation claims from a qualified lawyer. Our law firm offer free legal advice on clinical negligence settlements without any further obligation. If you would like to speak to a British Colombia lawyer over the telephone with no charge just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. We will take basic details over the telephone in order to advise on the liability of Abbotsford Hospital and we will make an initial estimate of damages that may be payable in the event of a successful conclusion.


Standard of Care & Negligence

Whether or not a healthcare practitioner working at Abbotsford Hospital has been negligent depends on whether or not that person has exercised a reasonable degree of skill and care. There is no absolute standard of care prescribed by law however the behaviour of doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians is compared to other reasonably competent healthcare professionals working with patients suffering from similar illnesses in a similar environment. Failure to achieve a reasonable standard of care may mean that the medical facility that employs the errant doctor, dentist, nurse or technician is liable in negligence to pay compensation for any injury sustained. Medical malpractice compensation claims can be complex issues which may give rise to a number of common defences including accepted practice, respected minority and error of judgement.


Compensation Awards

Damages awarded by a judge in an Abbotsford Hospital medical malpractice compensation claim may include the following items :-

  • pain and suffering
  • loss of past and future earnings
  • medicines and medical fees
  • travelling expenses
  • assistance for household chores
  • special care aids and equipment
  • adapted accommodation and transport
  • care and assistance
  • general expenses


Limitation & Time Limits

Personal injury compensation claims in British Colombia are subject to draconian time limits (or limitation) the effect of which is to deprive a potential claimant of the right to claim compensation for medical malpractice in the event that the time limits are exceeded. The law of limitation is extremely complex and should not be left to chance. If you believe that you have suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice at Abbotsford Hospital you should make an urgent appointment to discuss your potential claim with a qualified lawyer.