An accomplished Toronto lawyer, Matthew “Matt” Cameron is the senior vice president and general counsel at Akumin. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, project management, corporate law, and time management. As part of his duties in the Toronto-based medical imagery company, Matthew Cameron offers legal advice.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Legal advice is increasingly becoming vital for the medical imaging/radiology field, which in recent years has been more involved in the diagnostic and clinical management of patients, which exposes professionals to higher risks of legal claims made against them. The advance of technology has widened the medical imaging spectrum, which in turn has presented new liability challenges. At the same time, the growing public awareness of the risks inherent in medical treatment has increased the rate of legal claims.
Poor communication between a physician and patient has been identified as one of the major reasons for radiology-related lawsuits. Improving communication skills between physicians and patients helps to reduce lawsuits, as some patients complain of improper medical care because they didn’t understand various radiological exams and procedures, as these processes weren’t properly explained to them.
Communication is an important part of the clinical practice of radiology, and radiologists should ensure their patients are presented with accurate information to enable them to make an informed decision. Also, the information should be given in a way or language that a patient can easily understand. Finally, a patient should acknowledge and be convinced of the importance of the radiology examination they are about to undertake, and ideally will agree with its results.
An accomplished Toronto lawyer, Matthew “Matt” Cameron is the senior vice president and general counsel at Akumin. He specializes in merger...