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Hospital Negligence

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

There are many instances each day in which patients are provided with care by hospital staff that meets and even exceeds the standards expected of them. Unfortunately, there are also instances in which patients do not receive adequate care by hospital staff. This can occur because of simple human error or deeper systemic inadequacies. Though some patients who receive inadequate care will recover nonetheless; tragically, others will be catastrophically or fatally injured. If the inadequate care provided by hospital staff is such that it does not meet accepted professional standards, an injured patient or his or her family may have cause to pursue a claim for compensation.  ..

Birth Doctors Must Consider High Risk Pregnancies in Setting Up Pregnancy and Delivery Plan

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Many couples look forward to the most wonderful experiences of bringing a child into the world. No parent wants to encounter a birth injury with their newborn baby. Although most pregnancies carry a low risk of a birth injury or birth defect, some pregnancies are at a greater risk. It is important to realize that just because a pregnant woman is at a higher risk category, this does not excuse a doctor who is negligent with the care of the expected mother and unborn child. A doctor should be aware of the risk and adopt a pregnancy and delivery plan that reduces the risks. If a birth injury occurs because a doctor was negligent in the detection and treatment of a high risk pregnancy, the family and the child may have a medical malpractice claim and should contact a medical malpractice lawyer.
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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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Do Doctors Have a Duty to Disclose Medical Mistakes?

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI, medical negligence and patient safety has seen increased attention in recent years. One Canadian study shows that approximately 7.5% of patients will suffer an unintended injury during their stay in hospital. This means that approximately 185,000 Canadian patients will suffer an unintended adverse event each year. The staggering numbers raise an important question: does the patient have the right to be told if an error occurs?
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Medical Malpractice Trial Hold Doctors Negligent for Late Cancer Diagnosis

Victor Lewin
Thursday, October 25, 2012

A very recent medical malpractice decision is important to Nova Scotia patients and medical malpractice lawyers in that it demonstrates an onus on doctors to deal with skin lesions, reasonably suspected as being cancerous, in a prompt and attentive manner. If the doctors fail to meet this standard of care, and the patient suffers a bad outcome, causation can be inferred, even in the absence of evidence. ..

A Doctor's Duty of Care - Important for Mothers and Their Unborn Children

Victor Lewin
Monday, July 16, 2012

All doctors have a duty of care to their patients. In short, this duty is to treat their patients in a manner that reasonably prevents harm. Because the potential for severe injury is so significant, the importance of meeting their duty of care is especially important in obstetrical care. Doctors and nurses owe a duty of care to two patients simultaneously: the mother and the fetus.
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Cerebral Palsy as a Result of Medical Malpractice

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A doctor and hospital's nurses are responsible for providing a mother and her baby with safe, comprehensive medical care during the infant's delivery. However, if the delivery room physician makes a mistake, such as failing to account for a potentially serious health issue or wrongfully using an instrument during birth, he or she may cause permanent damage to the child. Likewise, if a nurse makes a mistake, like failing to identify signs of fetal distress and promptly notifying a doctor, serious injuries can happen. Unfortunately, some of these medical errorscan lead to lifelong brain damage in the form of cerebral palsy.
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