January 29, 2020
14:24
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about a medical malpractice claim with CTV News
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about a medical malpractice claim with CTV News

The colonoscopy results were good; Jack Goss had no signs of colon cancer. The bad news came a year later. A blood test found the 48-year-old had been infected with hepatitis C. A virus public health says he likely got during that exam.

I'm not sure what this is going to do to my future, how my health is going to be down the road.

A public health report confirms Mr. Goss is among four patients treated at this colonoscopy clinic and Kitchener, who now have the chronic liver disease after what appears to be a common yet preventable lapse it anesthesia use.

No one expects to go in for a colonoscopy and walk out with hepatitis C.

According to the report, the staff used a large multidose vial of the anesthetic propofol on five patients and may have reused the same syringes as well. Unaware that the first patient carried hepatitis C. In a statement, the colonoscopy clinic says it's cooperated fully with the public health office in its investigation. Then it's implemented advice on how to further strengthen its infection prevention and control practices.

There have been over 50 outbreaks just like this in the US and Canada over the last decade. Despite longstanding guidelines that discouraged the use of multidose vials because of this very risk.

The infection control community has been talking about this literally for decades.

Some doctors believe one reason is cost. Multi-use vials of anesthetic are less expensive and safer single-use files.

You need to get the owners and the people operating and working in these clinics to identify that this is a massive issue that needs to change. And until that message gets to that level, I'm afraid we're still going to be seeing more outbreaks like this.

It's one reason why Jack Goss is suing, making his case public.

I want it to be safer for people going into these colonoscopies in the future. So nobody has to go through this. Like I am.

In fact, the US has launched a national campaign to reduce the risk of these contamination errors, and doctors say more should be done in Canada to keep patients safe too. Scott?

Now Avis, what exactly are they planning to do to protect Canadians?

Well, besides enforcing the guidelines, some doctors say that maybe the government should tell drug companies to stop selling these multi-use vials, making cases like this, the public helps with awareness. And also, you want to tell patients that they do have the right, if they're going for a colonoscopy, to ask if the precautions are in place.

Now, what about the people out there who have actually contracted Hep-C?

It's a lifelong illness. Now, there are drugs that do help, but they are very expensive. They can be up to a thousand dollars a day for up to eight weeks, and there's a petition to see if the government of Ontario will cover it for these four patients because of how they were, in fact, did.

I'm sure they're going to be watching that Avis. Thank you very much. Thank you.



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14:25
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about a medical malpractice claim with CTV News
14:28
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about jaywalking with Global News Toronto
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about jaywalking with Global News Toronto

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14:30
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Sonia Leith talks about UberX's insurance with Global News
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Good evening.

Insurance matters when a crash happens. Regular taxi companies are upfront about their coverage. Others, not so much. Somebody to think about before you take that ride.

When hailing a taxi, passengers in Toronto can be assured. Drivers have proper insurance.

Every taxi is required to have $2 million commercial liability insurance, and the driver in the car has to be named on that policy.

But with ride-sharing services like UberX?

There's no indication that there any coverage at all.

But consumers may not know that.

I think they think it's the same type of coverage with a regular taxi, and absolutely it is not.

One UberX driver who got in an accident last month said he was confused about insurance. The company claims, there is liability insurance for its drivers, telling global news. "In the event of an accident during an Uber X trip, Uber support team and claims provider assist our driver-partners in collecting all relevant information and submitting a complete insurance claim. Our support of our driver-partners continues through the claim being resolved."

Insurance is mandatory in Ontario, so there's no reason why any company would resist disclosing the policy that they have.

UberX has refused to release details of it's covered setting competitive reasons, but last week in Ontario, court judge said there was no basis for that claim.

There is no sort of on the honor system. "Oh yeah, I have a policy." You have to show it. You have to prove it.

And if drivers don't have adequate insurance, you as a passenger may be in trouble after an accident.

Their own insurance company may be at Liberty to deny any claims because they were using that vehicle and properly.

At the end of the day, you know, whatever they may be saving, it might not be worth it.

Ridesharing drivers face provincial charges for not having insurance and could be charged with insurance fraud. Consumers who just care about saving money with Uber compared to a taxi may not be worried until an accident happens and find themselves in a fight for accident benefits and other covers that an insurance company may deny.


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January 31, 2020
13:47
Testimonial David was hit by a car and hired Greg Neinstein
Testimonial David was hit by a car and hired Greg Neinstein

I was a pedestrian walking down the street, and a car reversed and hit me and resulted in multiple fractures. I tore my knee apart. I fractured my shoulder. It was numerous operations to repair everything, but all the way, Greg was there to take care of me. I researched them on the web. I saw testimonials, and I saw this as the place for me.

Neinstein Associates treat you with care and compassion. They make you feel like a family. They stress health and wellbeing, and they don't make you deal with all the insurance companies. They take care of it all. You're dealing with insurance companies, and they sort of; they call you, they harass you, they want you to sign things, and they want you to do things.

Greg Neinstein told me not to worry about these things. He will take care of everything. So I just focused on my rehabilitation, and it was the best thing ever did. Neinstein Associates the same day, they would always call me back and make sure that was taken care of. I was extremely happy with my settlement. I thank Greg Neinstein so much for all the work that he did.

The case has been settled, and I never been happier. He got me everything I needed. He took care of me. I'm going to be set for the rest of my life. They're very caring and compassionate. They take care of everything for you. You never have to lift a finger. It's the best situation to deal with. I recommend them highly.


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