When it comes to your medical care, you probably don’t want to take any decisions lightly. Consequently, before agreeing to any medical treatment, procedure or course of action, you should make sure that you have clear understanding of any potential consequences, alternative treatments, or uncertainties that may exist for your particular medical situation. Your physician has a duty to inform you of all the positives and negatives of any treatment he or she is recommending.
Legally obligated to receive informed consent from patients before treatment, physicians in Canada are required to treat patients only if the patient understands the benefits and risks involved in any form of treatment the physician plans to engage in. Should a patient experience harm or damage from a treatment for which a physician failed to receive informed consent, that patient may be entitled to
financial compensation by pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Unlike most civil litigation actions, medical malpractice actions are especially complex, time consuming, and most importantly, vigorously defended. With a vast infrastructure of support from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CPMA), medical professionals have a marked advantage in most medical malpractice defence actions. Prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in the defence of even a small medical malpractice suit, the CMPA stands behind its members and provides them with
services of some of the best medical malpractice defence lawyers in the country.
Medical Malpractice Claims Are Often Taken On By Ottawa Lawyers under a Contingency-Fee Payment Plan
Most often medical malpractice victims are intimidated into submission by the substantial resources of the defence team in a medical malpractice claim. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, if you engage the services of a well-versed, experienced Ottawa medical malpractice lawyer, who will take your case on a contingency-fee basis. A contingency-fee payment plan means that your medical
malpractice lawyer takes on your case without charging you legal fees, when you agree to pay those fees awarding the lawyer a percentage of any settlement or court ordered award you receive as a result of the lawyer’s services.
This type of contingency-fee arrangement offers medical malpractice clients a two-fold benefit. Not only do you not have to worry about certain legal fees, but you are also assured that the lawyer you engage to represent you has confidence that your medical malpractice lawsuit will be successful. You may be required to agree to pay some expenses, such as deposition fees, postage, copying fees, and filing fees; however, the advantages of not having to pay upfront or ongoing lawyer’s fees and the end result will usually outweigh the burden of these expenses.
Contact a Qualified, Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice and need the assistance of an Ottawa medical malpractice lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact one for a consultation. Most contingency-fee medical malpractice lawyers will offer you a free initial consultation, so you aren’t out anything by contacting one. Don’t risk your financial future by not pursuing a medical malpractice claim, if you have been injured by a medical professional. Contact a qualified, experienced Ottawa medical malpractice lawyer to see what your rights are and if your medical malpractice case has merit.