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Litigation After Cancer Victim Dies

Victor Lewin
Sunday, December 08, 2013

In a case that has captured the attention of readers in Nova Scotia, the family of a 28-year-old woman from Ontario who recently died from cancer reportedly filed civil litigation against Trillium Health Partners who they claim contributed to her death. The radiologist who allegedly misdiagnosed the woman earlier this year was also named in the lawsuit. The woman initially filed the claim, which suggests hospital negligence occurred, in mid-November, but she lost her life to the disease a few weeks later.
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Woman Survives Fall, Receives Substandard Hospital Care

Victor Lewin
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nova Scotia patients may have heard that, when an elderly woman fell down a long flight of stairs and slipped into a coma in November 2010, doctors' prognosis was not good. She suffered numerous brain hemorrhages, for which doctors declined to operate. She woke from her coma within a few days, but she then suffered a cardiac arrest that caused further brain damage. She was given an emergency tracheostomy and a stomach feeding tube to keep her alive, and doctors warned that she would not survive the ordeal.
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Hospital Facing Malpractice Suit

Victor Lewin
Friday, November 15, 2013

In a case that might concern Nova Scotia patients, a deceased woman's family is suing a hospital after she died from an infection the day after she was discharged from the facility. The medical malpractice suit names the Montreal hospital and four doctors as having been negligent, though none of the doctors had a negative disciplinary record. The four doctors who are named in the complaint each examined the woman the day after a painful exam and decided to discharge her.
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Paper Encourages Increase in Helmet Laws

Victor Lewin
Friday, November 08, 2013

Nova Scotia is one of only four provinces that require all bicyclists to wear helmets, and the Canadian Paediatric Society is pushing for all other provinces and territories to adopt the same law. The hope is that the number of head and brain injury cases will be reduced. The society is also seeking stricter safety regulations throughout the country.
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Man Dies in Car Accident

Victor Lewin
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Media sources report that a young driver involved in a fatal accident on Jun. 24 is now facing criminal charges from Halifax Regional Police. The car accident occurred on Main Street by Caledonia Road at 4:30 p.m. and resulted in the death of a Dartmouth resident.
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Doctor Commits Medical Malpractice: Medical Care Required to be Informed by Hospital Policies

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 11, 2013

A new medical malpractice decision from the Court of Appeal was released earlier this summer. It affirms a finding of medical negligence on the part of a doctor. This case is important in that it highlights that issues concerning the responsibilities of the various doctors involved in a patient's care must be considered in light of a Hospital's policies.
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Recording Surgeries to Protect Patients

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 11, 2013

A doctor has come up with a creative way to reduce errors during surgery that could impact medical professionals and patients in Nova Scotia and across the nation. By recording and logging everything that happens during the operation via an 'O.R. black box," he thinks thousands of surgical errors that result in hundreds of fatalities in the nation annually will be reduced. The recording device helps medical professionals recognize mistakes and possibly prevent them from happening again. A patient who was the subject of the system during surgery expressed her confidence with the new technology and believes it will benefit doctors and patients alike. ..