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Laparoscopy Lawyer - Toronto Medical Malpractice


TORONTO LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7142



If you think that there were complications in Ontario with your laparoscopic surgery or that of your next of kin due to clinical errors, then you will need to speak with a Toronto medical malpractice lawyer in order to take advice on a potential claim for compensation. Our Toronto medical malpractice lawyers will deal with your compensation claim using a contingency fee arrangement and if you don't receive a financial settlement then your lawyer won't get paid. If you believe that your laparascopic surgery was carried out negligently just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our Toronto offices. A Toronto laparoscopy lawyer will telephone you as soon as possible.

Keyhole Surgery - Laparoscopy

Keyhole surgery procedures have substantially increased over recent years however there has also been a dramatic rise in laparoscopy medical malpractice settlements. There are thousands of deaths recorded in Canada every year as a result of medical mistakes and a large proportion of those occur following keyhole surgery. The majority of complications occur on initial surgical entry, and most of the claims concern damage to the bowel, bladder and ureters, injuries to blood vessels and through the use of electrosurgery to coagulate, cut and dissect. The main cause of these problems relates to the surgeon making a misjudgement or a mistake which may be as a result of inadequate training, lack of aptitude or inexperience in that particular procedure.

Laparoscopy Vs. Surgery

Laparoscopy removes the need for open surgery, lengthy recovery periods and ugly scars however the minimal visibility afforded to the surgeon can lead to errors, complications and fatalities. There are far more lawyers medical malpractice claims in Toronto with regard to laparoscopy procedures than for open surgery.

Common Injuries

Laparoscopy involves making small incisions to insert a miniaturized camera into the body which then transmits to television screens in the operating theatre and to insert the tools to perform the surgery. The first incisions and insertion of equipment is the time of greatest risk of unintended physical damage. The tools used for laparoscopy require an initial blind entry and most errors are caused by instruments at this stage. The majority of laparoscopic injuries are to important blood vessels and other vascular structures, the walls of the intestines and the bile duct.

Complications

If a laparoscopic surgery procedure is carried out following the established protocols then the operation should go smoothly - notwithstanding mis-shapen or unusual anatomy of the patient; even though the first incisions and entry into the body will be made without the benefit of a camera which is the next instrument to be inserted. Ineffective technique and lack of training or experience in carrying out laparoscopic surgery is the cause of most complications and fatalities.


Facts & Figures

  • Less than 1% of doctors face any disciplinary procedure each year.
  • 10,000 patients may be killed in Canada every year due to clinical negligence.
  • Only 12% of patients that suffer from negligence actually files a lawsuit.
  • Autopsy studies show rates up to 50% of missed diagnoses resulting in death.
  • Medical negligence insurance costs 3% of most physician’s gross income.
  • Thousands of medical malpractice compensation claims are filed every year.

  • The cost of medical negligence is estimated to exceed $1,000,000,000 annually.
  • 5% of physicians account for 50% of medical malpractice settlements.
  • Of doctors with 5 malpractice settlements only about 10% have been disciplined.
  • 1% of patients treated in hospital were injured and a quarter of those died because of negligence. Negligence by physicians working outside of a hospital environment is even greater.

TORONTO LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7142