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What If Your Doctor Makes A Mistake?

October 26, 2009  |  By:  Troy Lehman

Doctors do their best to provide treatment and care to their patients. However, sometimes they make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes can have grave consequences for their patients. As a personal injury lawyer, I have seen people who have been catastrophically injured because of mistakes made by doctors. Tragically, I have also met with people who have lost family members due to medical mistakes.

In Ontario, people who have suffered injuries because of the negligence of a doctor can sue for damages. Similarly, the family members of a person who has died due to the negligence of a doctor can sue for damages.

Not every single mistake by a doctor constitutes “negligence”. For a mistake to be negligent the doctor must be proven to have fallen below the standard of care expected from a reasonably competent doctor. Under most circumstances, you only have two years from the date of the injury to commence a lawsuit against a doctor. Therefore it is important to consult the right lawyer sooner rather than later or your right to recover compensation may be barred by the passing of the two-year limitation period.


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Troy Lehman

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario law school, Troy was called to the bar in 2001. Troy received the highest mark on the Bar Admission course by anyone from Western University. Troy...

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