What Is “Continuing Treatment” And Why Is It Important To My Medical Malpractice Claim?
Continuing treatment is a term that lawyers use to describe the length of time that you have continued to receive treatment from your doctor. In many cases, after a patient receives negligent treatment that causes an injury they continue to see their doctor or be treated in the hospital for the effects of the negligence medical care. Why is this important?
Statute of Limitations
Every province has a “Statute of Limitations” which is a time limit for filing certain kinds of claims. Generally, the time that you have to file a medical malpractice claim starts from the date the malpractice occurred.
Time Limit May Be Extended
However, the court may decide that the time to file your medical practice claim started to run, not from the date of the original malpractice, but from the last date that you received treatment from your doctor for the medical condition or complaint that was caused by the medical malpractice.
For example, if a surgeon perforates your bowel during surgery on January 1 and you suffer complications and have to undergo another surgical procedure on March 1 the court may consider that the time limit for filing a claim started to run not on January 1 but on March 1 because you were receiving continuing treatment for the medical problem caused by the negligence.
Claim May Be Barred
Once the statute of limitation runs out your right to file a medical malpractice can be barred forever. That is why it is very important for your medical malpractice lawyer to investigate the specifics timing of all of your doctor or hospital visits. This type of detailed investigation will help establish whether there was “continuing treatment” that may extend the time limit of filing your medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries that you think may be due to medical malpractice you can contact me through this blog or by calling toll free in Atlantic Canada 1-877-423-2050 for a free copy of my book: The Consumer’s Guide to Medical Malpractice Claims in Canada: Why 98% of Canadian Medical Malpractice Victims Never Receive a Penny in Compensation.