Calgary Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Alberta Compensation Claims
Every year in Alberta, thousands of serious injuries and wrongful deaths occur due to negligence amounting to medical malpractice. Only a minimal percentage of Alberta clinical errors, the majority of which occur in Calgary are further investigated by a medical malpractice lawyer. This means that hundreds of people, who could have claimed compensation, never will, simply because they did not take early advice from a Calgary medical malpractice lawyer.
Those who do contact a Calgary medical malpractice lawyer must do so in a timely manner. This is because a time limit is set on when a claim must be settled or filed. In general there is no way for those people who have not satisfied the statute of limitation to go back and file a compensation claim at a later date. Although it varies from one state to the next, if the deadline has not been made, the opportunity for a Calgary medical malpractice lawyer to claim compensation on behalf of a client is lost for good. There may be exceptions for infants and minors who may have a longer time limit set because of their lack of understanding; however their families must still adhere to the expiration date.
Negligence & Causation
Most individuals only associate doctors or nurses with medical malpractice however any clinical service or healthcare practitioner including dentists, midwives and technicians is liable to pay compensation for personal injury or death caused by care that was below standard. The process of making a medical malpractice compensation claim may sound fairly easy but it isn't. The Calgary medical malpractice lawyer will need to have sufficient proof of negligence usually in the form of medical reports. They will also be required to show that the harm was done because of the medical professional's negligent treatment. In some cases if the patient already had an illness to begin with, proving that negligence was the cause of further damage or loss may be difficult. Although difficult it is not impossible and the medical malpractice lawyer will work alongside of experts to prove it.
Before you or a loved one undergoes treatment, the relevant medical professional should have obtained your informed consent to the proposed procedures. This generally relates to a discussion about the details of your medical treatment. The doctor or nurse should have given you full disclosure so that you could make an intelligent decision of how you wanted to proceed. The information provided should include the risks you may face, treatment options, impacts and effects of treatments, procedures that would be utilized and much more. If the healthcare provider did not provide you with these specifics then they may be held liable for paying compensation to you or your loved one for personal injury. If informed consent was obtained correctly and full disclosure of the facts was provided then the medical professional will probably not be liable.
If you have had the unfortunate experience of being a victim of clinical negligence you may be wondering how you are going to pay for a Calgary medical malpractice lawyer and what to do next. Since there are time limits, it is crucial that you go and speak to a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice as soon as possible. You will also want to seek out a lawyer who offers a contingency fee. A medical malpractice lawyer will guide you through the claim process by keeping you informed and explaining the legal issues behind the claim. At all times, they will respect your privacy and keep all the details confidential. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered from clinical negligence then you may be entitled to claim compensation. The only way to know for sure is to seek help from a specialist lawyer.
Free Legal Consultation
Our Calgary medical malpractice lawyers offer free initial advice without further obligation. We are usually able to offer contingency fee arrangements which mean that we only charge for our legal fees in the event that the claim succeeds and a settlement of damages is received. If we do not claim successfully then we do not make any legal charges. If you would like to speak to a lawyer just complete and send the contact form or email our offices and a specialist clinical negligence lawyer will call you to discuss your potential case with no charge and no further obligation. We will attempt to provide instant advice over the telephone on the viability of your potential claim and the amount that you could expect to receive in the event of a successful outcome.