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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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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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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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