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Jillian has committed more than fifteen years to improving and increasing Canadians’ access to safe and effective health care. She has established herself as a trusted and respected advocate for patients and their families in litigation and related proceedings against physicians, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, dentists and other health sector organizations, and has extensive experience in medical injuries arising from:
- surgical error
- orthopedic injuries
- transient ischemic attacks
- neurological injury
- birthing injuries
- late cancer diagnosis
- misread imaging
- pathology error
- medication overdose
- prescription dispensing error
- anesthesia injuries
- laparoscopic surgery
Jillian has been voted by her peers as a leading lawyer in the area of medical negligence in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2019,2020), and is listed in the 2021 Best Lawyers guide. She also sits on the College of Midwives of Ontario’s Registration and Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committees. Her clients and co-counsel benefit from her responsiveness and perseverance, as well as from her ability to skillfully distill complex medical information in order to best advance her clients’ interests. Jillian’s familiarity with all facets of the health care system also equips her to assist health care consumers on matters involving consent, privacy and access to care.
Jillian represents her clients in motions, trials and appeals at all levels of court, as well as in hearings, inquests and proceedings before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.
As the past Chair of the Medical Malpractice Group of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Jillian is a frequent lecturer and speaker on issues relating to patient rights, advocacy and the intersections between law and medicine for Osgoode’s School of Professional Development, the Ontario Bar Association and other legal and health sector stakeholders.
Jillian has developed a nuanced appreciation for the often overlapping legal, social, financial and personal needs of individuals and families affected by medical negligence. She uses her skills in both advocacy and negotiation to achieve the best possible results for her clients, in or out of the courtroom. A devoted proponent of our publicly funded health care system, Jillian’s long history of community involvement with organizations like Planned Parenthood Toronto, The John Howard Society of Ontario, Street Health Community Nursing and the Massey Centre for Women reflects her commitment to safeguarding and championing universal access to health care.
* Past results obtained are not necessarily indicators of future results and the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.