Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Halifax
Wagner’s – Your medical malpractice lawyers – Doing Our Best To Serve Residents of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
We place great trust in medical professionals and the medical system to provide care in a way that promotes our safety and well-being. But sometimes healthcare professionals make errors that can be devastating. A physician, nurse, or other medical professional who acts in a negligent manner can jeopardize the health and safety of a patient and cause life-altering injuries or even death. Medical malpractice cases are technical, complex, and require legal and medical expertise.
The medical malpractice team at Wagners is experienced in this specialized area. Our lawyers offer compassion and quality representation to patients who have been harmed by medical negligence throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice, we will listen carefully and determine if there is basis for advancing a negligence claim. This determination usually requires a medical opinion from another health professional.
- Birth Trauma
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Injury
- Genetic Screening for Birth Defects
- Delayed Diagnosis / Misdiagnosis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Emergency Room Error
- Surgical Error
- Diagnostic Error (Radiology, Pathology and Testing)
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Medication and Prescription Error
- Hospital Negligence
- Wrongful Death
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Our medical malpractice lawyers handle a broad range of cases involving:
Hospital negligence encompasses negligent care provided by medical professionals employed by the hospital such as nurses, pharmacists, and laboratory and diagnostic technicians. Hospital negligence may arise in a wide range of circumstances, including a delay in diagnosis or treatment, errors in diagnostic testing, improper monitoring, handling or treatment of a patient including infant patients during birth, improper administration of medications, and lack of communication between the hospital and the health care team. Unfortunately, many of the injuries that result from hospital negligence could have been prevented. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of hospital negligence, we have in-depth knowledge and experience with the legal and medical aspects of hospital negligence and we are happy to discuss your legal options.
When a serious medical condition is misdiagnosed, it can result in improper treatment or non-treatment, which can cause catastrophic injuries and/or fatalities. If you or a family member has suffered an injury because a medical professional such as a family doctor or emergency physician has misdiagnosed, delayed or failed to treat a disease or condition, speak to the lawyers at Wagners to help you build your claim. We have all the necessary resources to protect your rights. We have handled a wide range of cases including the misdiagnoses of cancer, stroke, blood clots, brain injuries, spinal conditions and heart conditions.
Delay or Failure to Treat Diseases or Conditions
Delay or failure to treat an injury or illness properly may limit the patient’s treatment options. For instance, if the patient is not diagnosed with cancer early enough, it can drastically reduce the types and efficacy of treatment available. This failure to treat a disease or condition appropriately and in a timely manner may result in irreparable damage to a patient. At Wagners, we have the legal experience and skills to represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of such medical negligence. With the help of medical experts, we aim to identify the point at which negligent actions caused the delay in diagnosis and assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disorder that is caused by damage to the developing brain. This disorder can affect an infant’s body movement, muscle control, coordination, and posture. CP may also result in hearing, speech, visual and learning impairments. Medical negligence in instances such as delayed delivery (causing oxygen deprivation), improper monitoring and management of labour, failure to diagnose infection(s), and improper use of forceps and vacuum extraction during the birthing process can result in CP. CP can also occur due to improper monitoring of fetal and maternal distress. Raising a child with CP can be extremely costly. If your child’s CP has been caused by a preventable brain injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The lawyers at Wagners have significant knowledge and experience in handling cerebral palsy cases, and have secured compensation for many clients with CP, and their families.
Infant Brain Damage
Some children incur traumatic brain injuries due to negligence during childbirth. These traumatic injuries can lead to conditions such as cerebral palsy, which can cause major complications throughout a child’s life. Infants may be deprived of oxygen or incur trauma to their brain for several reasons, such as prolonged labour where the brain is compressed in the birth canal, improper use of delivery instruments, neglecting proper fetal heart rate monitoring, and not detecting issues with the umbilical cord. The treating physician and nurses are required to monitor for concerns and to intervene when issues arise. Medical malpractice cases involving infant brain damage are complex and require legal and medical expertise. Wagners is experienced and provides compassionate and quality representation to patients who have been harmed by medical negligence.
Anaesthesiologists who administer anaesthesia for surgical procedures are required to monitor the patient continuously and constantly. The patient must be adequately warned of risks of anaesthesia and given the proper dosage. The patient may be exposed to serious harm if the anaesthesia is improper (too little or too much), or the method of administration causes tissue or nerve damage. At Wagners, we have represented numerous cases involving anaesthesia errors. If you or a loved one has experienced inadequate or substandard medical care from an anaesthesiologist that has led to serious harm, contact Wagners to discuss your legal options.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are busy and hectic environments that demand a high level of attention to detail and the ability to make fast and accurate judgment calls. Medical professionals who work in emergency rooms are trained to triage appropriately, request proper diagnostic testing and ensure a patient’s safety by taking the necessary steps to prevent further injury or harm. ER errors often occur due to a breakdown in communication between medical staff, failure to order appropriate tests, or administering the wrong dosage or type of medication, and can lead to misdiagnosis, and the missed opportunity to prevent catastrophic injury. At Wagners, we take a thorough approach to investigating cases involving emergency room errors and strive to get our clients the compensation they are entitled to so that they can continue with the recovery process.
Dentists and Maxillofacial Surgeons are expected to practice to the accepted standards within the field of dentistry, dental and oral surgery. Dental Malpractice can arise in different circumstances, such as a failure to properly diagnose an oral disease or malformation, improper technique leading to chronic nerve pain or dangerous infections, or installation of defective dental products. These errors can cause serious injury to patients, including chronic nerve pain and brain infections. Medical malpractice cases are complex and require legal expertise. The team at Wagners is experienced and provides compassionate and quality representation to patients who have been harmed by medical and dental negligence throughout Atlantic Canada.
When a surgical procedure is performed incorrectly, or a medical professional involved (e.g. the surgeon, anaesthesiologist or nurse) acts negligently during pre- and/or post-operative care, the patient may be left with unexpected injuries. Common causes of surgical errors include improper diagnosis of the condition or injury, improper surgical planning and preparation, leaving surgical instruments or other operative materials in the patient, failure to recognize surgical complications, negligent technique, inadequate post-operative care and treatment, or errors in anaesthesia, all which may result in persistent and prolonged injury or disability. A medical malpractice claim may also be pursued when a surgeon’s negligence has resulted in unexpected complications such as damaged organs, internal bleeding, sepsis and infection, catastrophic injuries, and even a fatality. At Wagners, we have experience and in-depth knowledge of the legal and medical aspects of complex surgical error claims needed for proper legal representation.
A delayed diagnosis of injury or illness can be detrimental to a patient’s health, especially in cases where the patient is suffering from a progressive illness such as cancer, or an emergent condition such as a brain aneurysm or spinal compression. When a correct diagnosis is made early, in many cases there is a greater likelihood that the patient will have a better health outcome. Depending on the condition, in some circumstances, minutes or hours matter; in others, such as a slow-growing cancer, a short delay in diagnosis is unlikely to have resulted in a material difference in outcome. If you or a loved one are suffering from a condition that has progressed due to a medical practitioner’s delay in diagnosis, you may have a viable claim in medical negligence and be able to recover compensation for the injuries sustained. Delayed diagnoses can occur in many situations and may be caused by varying negligent acts such as failed communication between medical professionals and misdiagnosis. To pursue these cases, you need an experienced legal team to stand by your side and assist you in seeking the answers you need.
Negligence during the birthing process can result in catastrophic injuries that remain with your baby for the rest of their life. Children who are born premature, large babies, and babies in breech position are at increased risk of birth injuries. Women who undergo extended and complex labour are also at higher risk of traumatic birth injuries. Common traumatic birth injuries include head and brain injuries including brain bleeds, facial paralysis, nerve injuries, brachial palsy, bone injuries including fracture of the clavicle, perinatal asphyxia (decreased oxygen in the baby’s blood). While not all birth injuries are due to medical errors, mismanagement of labour or misdiagnosis, may occur due to the negligent actions of the midwife, nursing staff and/or obstetrician. Birth injury cases are complex and require extensive medical expert evidence and significant legal and medical expertise to navigate. With decades of experience in birth trauma litigation, Wagners has been successful in many birth trauma cases, and has obtained for its clients the significant, much needed and lifelong financial support for families whose children have suffered injury as a result of birth trauma.
Failure in Genetic Testing/Screening for Birth Defects
Doctors and medical specialists are required to conduct tests and screenings throughout pregnancy to monitor development of the infant. They are trained to identify warning signs of birth and genetic defects, as well as risk factors, and to pursue specific treatments to prevent or treat concerns. A doctor’s failure to properly screen and monitor during pregnancy can limit the options available to correct the issue after birth or reduce the chances of viability outside the womb. At Wagners, we have handled medical negligence cases where doctors have failed to properly test and screen for genetic defects, and we have the skill, knowledge and compassion to competently pursue your case. We have a strong track record in birth defect cases and we can help you through the entirety of the legal process.
Medication and Prescription Errors
When a patient is given the wrong medication or medication at the wrong dosage, they may suffer serious medical consequences, including severe allergic reactions and death. Doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals are held to certain standards when it comes to prescribing and administering medication. At Wagners, we represent individuals who have suffered serious injuries or complications as a result of medication and prescription errors. We work to protect your rights and deliver personalized legal representation to achieve justice. If you or a family member has been seriously injured as a result of medication or prescription errors, please contact a lawyer at Wagners to discuss your case.
Pathology or Testing Errors and Radiology Mistakes
Patients and their doctors rely on the expertise of radiologists and pathologists for proper diagnoses, and to receive the proper treatment. If the results of diagnostic imaging (such as an X-ray or CT scan) or pathology results are misread, it can result in misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis, leading to material harm in the patient. When these errors are made, they should be addressed, and appropriate legal action should be pursued. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of pathology and/or radiology errors, the Medical Malpractice team at Wagners can help you file a claim and seek compensation. We are ready to represent your interests and provide quality legal assistance in seeking compensation regardless of the complexity of your case.
Failure to Disclose
Every patient has a right to make choices about the medical treatment they receive. So long as you are conscious, alert, and able to make decisions for yourself, you have the right to decide what treatment or medications are given to you, and to be informed of the coinciding risks. If a patient is uninformed, he/she may not be fully aware of the side effects or risks of the treatment; and thus, cannot make a fully informed decision regarding their medical care. Physicians have a responsibility to disclose certain information regarding the medication or treatment they recommend, and to provide patients with information regarding alternative options in a clear and understandable manner. Failure to disclose relevant information or obtain informed consent from a patient can result in medical malpractice. At Wagners, we handle complex medical malpractice claims arising from issues of lack of informed consent to treatment.