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Baum Lawsuit

Baum Lawsuit

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Published by CBCSASK
Melina Baum sued her doctor for malpractice.
Melina Baum sued her doctor for malpractice.

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QUEEN’S BENCH FOR SASKATCHEWAN
Citation:
2011 SKQB 357
Date:
2011 09 29
Docket:Q.B.G. 10/2007Judicial Centre:Swift Current
BETWEEN:MELINDA BAUMPLAINTIFF- and - NASEEM MALLECK DEFENDANT
INDEX TO JUDGMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2011PAGEINTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1BACKGROUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2EVIDENCE AT TRIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4A.The Plaintiff’s Evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Melinda Baum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Sandra Mahaffy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Crystal Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Diane Dermody. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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 Georgie Schryver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17Rod Baum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Dr. Christopher Klingele . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Carol Wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24Heather Koellemel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Jane McLeod. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Dr. Arthur Zilbert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26B.The Defendant’s Evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Dr. Naseem Malleck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Dr. Annette Epp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40C.The Plaintiff’s Rebuttal Evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Dr. Mohamed Arwini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Marianne Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Carol Dyck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47ISSUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47LAW AND ANALYSIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48A.Did the defendant owe a duty of care to the plaintiff? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48B.What is the standard of care expected of the defendant?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49C.Did the defendant breach the standard of care? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50(1)The defendant was not adequately trained in the SPARC procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51(2)The defendant perforated the plaintiff’s bladder and the urethrain the course of the surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
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(3)The two cystoscopies that the defendant performed were done in such a way that she did not see the obvious perforation of thebladder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54(4)The defendant was unaware of the presence of blood in the plaintiff’s urine at the conclusion of the surgery and duringthe plaintiff’s time in the hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54(5)The defendant did not review the plaintiff’s medical recordsand charts in her post-operative care and assessment of theplaintiff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54D.Did the defendant’s breach of the standard of care cause the injuryor damage to the plaintiff?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68(1)But for the inexperience of the defendant in performing the operation, would the plaintiff have suffered the injuries, damagesor loss that occurred? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72(2)But for the failure of Dr. Malleck to observe the blood in the urine during the surgery, would the plaintiff have suffered theinjuries, damages or loss that occurred?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73(3)But for the failure of Dr. Malleck to provide proper post-operative care to the plaintiff, would the plaintiff have sufferedthe injuries, damages or loss that occurred?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74BREACH OF CONTRACT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75E.If the defendant breached the standard of care, and if the breachcaused injury or damage, what damages is the plaintiff entitled to? . . .. . . 78(1)Pecuniary Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78(a)Pre-Trial Loss of Leave Entitlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78(i)Sick Leave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78(ii)Time Off in Lieu of Overtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85(iii)Vacation Leave and Earned Days Off. . . . . . . . . . . . 87(b)Costs of Local Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
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