Mountie hurt by botched back operation
An RCMP officer underwent a surgical procedure to correct back pain resulting from an on-the-job accident; the operation didn't work. The mountie sued because the doctor
had made the mistake of choosing an operation which (when botched) cuts off all other treatment options. The mountie lost his case, because he hadn't filed his lawsuit soon enough to avoid being cut off by
the Statute of Limitations. He eventually had surgery to fuse together two vertebrae in his back, as the only available way to correct the problem.
Doctor losses attempt to keep expert evidence out of trial
In this case, the widower of a woman who died from internal bleeding following routine surgery is suing the doctor. The widower asked the College of Physicians and Surgeons
(the doctors' professional organization) to investigate. The consulting expert of the College reported that the woman died because the doctor hadn't properly watched the health of the wife after the surgery, and
had missed the signs of internal bleeding from a perforated stomach ulcer. The doctor's lawyers wanted to keep the expert's report out of Court, but the judge decided that the letter could be used as evidence against
Doctor misses breast cancer diagnosis for a year, woman sues
This document is the Court's decision on a doctor's application to keep to have the case decided by a judge alone, instead for a judge and jury. The doctor's lawyer argued that the
case was too complicated for a jury, the Court disagreed.
Delay in handling childbirth emergency cripples child
In this case, the doctors were sued for not doing anything to save a baby they knew was in critical trouble. Despite knowing the childbirth was in crisis, the doctors didn't do anything
for more than an hour. The effects were brain damage to the baby which result in the baby having cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and a seizure disorder. The child is now more than five years old, but can't walk, talk,
sit or stand. The Court ordered the doctor to pay compensation and approved the lawyer's contingency fee.
Mission Memorial Hospital sued over error
The Mission Memorial Hospital is being sued by the Cook family, who are accusing their doctor of failing to monitor their baby's heart rate (in the womb) after giving the baby's mother a
Baby suffers effects of botched delivery
The doctors in this case are trying to have the case decided by judge alone, instead of judge and jury. The plaintiff is the mother of a prematurely-born baby; the mother had complications
in childbirth, and the doctors botched their attempt to resuscitate the baby. The baby is alive, but has suffered damage. In this hearing, the Court decide the case wasn't too complicated for a jury.
Appendix diagnosis on trial
The plaintiff went to a hospital complaining of lower stomach trouble. The doctor didn't use a CAT SCAN or an ultrasound test (like the plaintiff says he was supposed to), but sent the plaintiff
home instead. The plaintiff suffered further pain, until other doctors discovered the plaintiff's ruptured appendix and performed surgery. The Court decided that the two sides didn't agree on the sequence of events, so a trial is
Doctors get off on technicality
In this case, two doctors were being sued for damage to their patient's eyes that happened when he developed glaucoma after being given eyedrops. The doctors got the case thrown out because
the patient hadn't sued before the two-year Statute of Limitations deadline ran out.
Botched child delivery causes brain damage
The Chong family won their lawsuit against the Royal Columbia Hospital and the doctors who delivered their baby after the doctors botched the child's birth. The doctors hadn't made sure the child
was receiving oxygen. This hearing provides a history of the case, as the judge approves the lawyer's contingency fee payout.
Lawyerless woman looses case
The plaintiff lost the use of her left eye, and had her eye disfigured, when her doctor bungled eye surgery. The Court was asked by the doctor and the hospital to throw the case out, because the woman - who had lost her lawyer, and was acting in Court on her own - didn't have any hope of winning. After looking at the woman's inability to get expert witnesses, the Court had to agree - even though the judge thought the woman probably had a valid complaint.