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Medical Devices Failures - Is the Trend Growing?

Victor Lewin
Friday, January 30, 2015

As our population ages, bones, joints and other body parts weaken and grow frail with the passage of time. Artificial implants are becoming more and more prevalent in today's society. Along with the increase in artificial implants comes an increase in complaints about a number of the artificial products that are being implanted. ..

Medical Malpractice and Failing to Disclose

Victor Lewin
Monday, January 26, 2015

When you go to a physician for treatment of an illness or injury in Nova Scotia, you are placing your health and life in the hands of your doctor. Surgeries, procedures and medications often involve some risks and side effects. A doctor's failure to disclose the adverse effects of a recommended procedure or drug is dangerous, life-threatening and prohibited by law. ..

Dental Liability in Nova Scotia

Victor Lewin
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Like doctors, dentists may sometimes provide negligent care to the extent that their patients are caused serious harm as a result. A recent review of dental malpractice cases, in which data from the past 12 years was evaluated, is illustrative of the most commonly occurring problems. ..

Addressing Dental Malpractice Issues in Canada

Victor Lewin
Thursday, December 04, 2014

While many people dread dental procedures due to sensitivities or fears, dental malpractice can be a very real concern if a professional seems only to cause a problem to become worse. It may be difficult to know at what point a dentist has crossed into the area of dental malpractice if a patient suffers frequent dental pain or other issues after receiving treatment. Failure of a professional to uphold accepted practices in their work that could lead to further injury, pain or death, may be construed as dental malpractice.
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Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Victor Lewin
Friday, November 21, 2014

Once a child suffers a birth injury that results in cerebral palsy, he or she will often require various types of treatment for the rest of his or her life. There are several different types of treatments that are used, depending on the severity of the child's cerebral palsy. ..

What is Negligence?

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 24, 2014

As some Nova Scotia residents may know, proving negligence in a medical malpractice case can be a huge challenge due to Canada's Supreme Court rulings that established certain liability limits and restrictions on such cases. Therefore, it may be important for a plaintiff's case to understand how negligence is defined according to the law.
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2014 Statistics for Serious Reportable Medical Injuries

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 03, 2014

There is always a risk of surgeries and medical procedures going wrong, and the Department of Health and Wellness is notified of the serious reportable events. According to figures reported from the IWK Heath Centre and the district health authorities, 19 serious reportable events occurred in Nova Scotia from January to March, and eight occurred from April to June.
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Nova Scotia Government Releases First Patient Incident Report

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A recently released government report from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness that sheds light on "patient incidents": errors or accidents that happen in medical facilities. While this report, the first of its kind in the province, may be a step in the right direction, some say, it may not go far enough.
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Reports of Dangerous Side Effects from Off-Label Use of Drugs

Victor Lewin
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Some doctors in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada prescribe medications to treat diseases without having evidence supporting the notion that these drugs are effective for that kind of treatment. Health Canada is being accused of knowing whether medications are prescribed off-label in the case of reported side effects but not sharing this information to the public. Patients who are subjected to medication errors that are caused by being prescribed drugs that are dangerous to them have filed hundreds of reports regarding these off-label prescriptions, some with fatal side effects. ..

Ruling Assigns Tissue to Facility, Not Individual

Victor Lewin
Thursday, June 12, 2014

In a case with implications on how medicine is practiced in Nova Scotia and across the nation, an Ontario court determined on June 4 that human tissue is the property of the medical facility that obtained it and not the patient from which it came. The case could be contested in other jurisdictions or by the family, but if the ruling holds, it could have widespread ramifications for Canadians over how genetic information, tissue samples and even blood are handled. ..