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Medical Malpractice, Health Discipline, Sex Abuse

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Crisis Management

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Bell Temple represents many private practitioners, facilities and institutions that provide health care, education and social services. We have been retained to defend malpractice actions ranging from minor personal injury claims to multi-million dollar class action proceedings. We are often retained to defend allegations of historic sex abuse, which raise particular challenges given the statutory amendments to the Limitations Act. We can also assist in crisis management of sexual abuse or harassment allegations as they arise, ensuring that the employer meets its legal obligations, while compassionately addressing the needs of the complainant, and respecting the respecting the procedural rights of the accused. We can also assist with preparation of policies and training of HR staff to reduce the prospect of harassment occurring, and to ensure investigations are conducted promptly, thoroughly and objectively.

Health Discipline

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We defend a wide range of regulated health professionals, including:
• Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
• Acupuncturists
• Chiropodists
• Dental Hygienists
• Dentists
• Massage Therapists
• Medical Radiation Technologists
• Naturopaths
• Nurses
• Occupational Therapists
• Pharmacists
• Physiotherapists
• Psychologists
• Psychotherapists
• Social Workers
• Veterinarians

We assist regulated health professionals with defence of the following regulatory proceedings:
• Discipline proceedings from the complaint stage through to hearings;
• Health Professions Appeal and Review Board applications;
• Complaints to Information Privacy Commission of Ontario
• Applications to Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
• Sexual Harassment investigations

Medical Malpractice

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Bell Temple represents many private practitioners, facilities and institutions that provide health care, education and social services. We have been retained to defend malpractice actions ranging from minor personal injury claims to multi-million dollar class action proceedings. We are often retained to defend allegations of historic sex abuse, which raise particular challenges given the statutory amendments to the Limitations Act. We can also assist in crisis management of sexual abuse or harassment allegations as they arise, ensuring that the employer meets its legal obligations, while compassionately addressing the needs of the complainant, and respecting the respecting the procedural rights of the accused. We can also assist with preparation of policies and training of HR staff to reduce the prospect of harassment occurring, and to ensure investigations are conducted promptly, thoroughly and objectively.

Pro Bono

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We provide a pro bono service in cooperation with certain professional associations and insurance brokers, to assist in reducing the prospect of a College complaint or malpractice claim.  If you qualify, your broker will provide details regarding how to access the program, and the applicable limits.

Regulatory Proceedings

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We defend a wide range of regulated health professionals, including:
• Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
• Acupuncturists
• Chiropodists
• Dental Hygienists
• Dentists
• Massage Therapists
• Medical Radiation Technologists
• Naturopaths
• Nurses
• Occupational Therapists
• Pharmacists
• Physiotherapists
• Psychologists
• Psychotherapists
• Social Workers
• Veterinarians

We assist regulated health professionals with defence of the following regulatory proceedings:
• Discipline proceedings from the complaint stage through to hearings;
• Health Professions Appeal and Review Board applications;
• Complaints to Information Privacy Commission of Ontario
• Applications to Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
• Sexual Harassment investigations

Sexual Abuse

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Bell Temple represents many private practitioners, facilities and institutions that provide health care, education and social services. We have been retained to defend malpractice actions ranging from minor personal injury claims to multi-million dollar class action proceedings. We are often retained to defend allegations of historic sex abuse, which raise particular challenges given the statutory amendments to the Limitations Act. We can also assist in crisis management of sexual abuse or harassment allegations as they arise, ensuring that the employer meets its legal obligations, while compassionately addressing the needs of the complainant, and respecting the respecting the procedural rights of the accused. We can also assist with preparation of policies and training of HR staff to reduce the prospect of harassment occurring, and to ensure investigations are conducted promptly, thoroughly and objectively.

Sexual harassment investigations

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Bell Temple represents many private practitioners, facilities and institutions that provide health care, education and social services. We have been retained to defend malpractice actions ranging from minor personal injury claims to multi-million dollar class action proceedings. We are often retained to defend allegations of historic sex abuse, which raise particular challenges given the statutory amendments to the Limitations Act. We can also assist in crisis management of sexual abuse or harassment allegations as they arise, ensuring that the employer meets its legal obligations, while compassionately addressing the needs of the complainant, and respecting the respecting the procedural rights of the accused. We can also assist with preparation of policies and training of HR staff to reduce the prospect of harassment occurring, and to ensure investigations are conducted promptly, thoroughly and objectively.