All Manitoba doctors and healthcare providers have a duty to provide proper medical care to their patients. Although, many times doctors are negligent and fail to provide the acceptable level of care. This negligence can lead to medical malpractice, which leaves patients ill, injured, or even deceased. Medical malpractice could be as simple as a doctor prescribing the wrong medication, or a surgeon performing the wrong operation on a patient. Medical malpractice encompasses many different forms of negligence and is becoming a large concern within Manitoba and across Canada.
Throughout Canada, it is estimated that over 40,000 people die each year as a result of medical malpractice. This number is considered to be a conservative estimate, as over 90% of medical malpractice cases go unreported within Canada.
The most common cases of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical error
- Delayed diagnosis
- Hospital error
- Delayed treatment
- Anesthesia error
- Medication error
- Birth injuries
- And more
Manitoba is experiencing rapid population growth. The number of health care practitioners in the province has grown since its 1999 shortage, although with the province’s heightened growth rate, the physician to patient ratio is concerning. Cities such as Winnipeg are growing quickly and have a limited number of doctors. The communities surrounding Winnipeg and outwards are also facing high growth rates and an even smaller pool of qualified doctors.
As well, Manitoba’s medical workforce is aging and approaching retirement. Between the increased population growth and an aging workforce, doctors are becoming over worked year after year. With this excess of demand, and an overworked medical workforce, cases of medical malpractice have and will continue to increase.
JD.MD provides lawyers with medical and dental malpractice case evaluations and expert witness services in malpractice lawsuits. Our experts work with lawyers to establish solid cases against the accused medical practitioners.
In Canada, doctors are protected by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) that essentially shelter doctors and hospitals from potential lawsuits through protective funding and legal representation. Due to the level of involvement of the CMPA in medical malpractice defense, it is important that you hire an expert witness service such as JD.MD.
A medical malpractice lawsuit is a complex and specialized legal process. contact JD.MD for initial case evaluations and expert witness services. Call us today at 1-800-225-5363