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Surgical Error - Canadian Statistics

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Photo taken from TheProvince.com

The Province has published an article today about the frequency and causes of medical negligence claims arising from surgical error. From my own perspective, the statistics referred to in the article reveal the frequency of surgical error to be somewhat higher than I would have expected.  

One of our significant areas of practice is acting for patients in claims against their doctor or other treating professional. Many of these cases have resulted from problems during surgical procedures. Although improvements to all medical procedures are continually being made, the information in the Province article shows that, despite such efforts by hospitals and doctors, mistakes will unfortunately continue to occur. 

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