Video Library

The Burden of Proof

The plaintiff in personal injury or medical malpractice compensation claim carries the burden of proof to establish their claim. But what does that mean? Find out what the burden of proof is in personal injury claims and why it’s not what most people think.

Medical Malpractice Claims: What you have to prove to win!

Nova Scotia medical malpractice lawyer John McKiggan explains the four essential things that you must be able to prove in order to win your medical malpractice claim in Canada. You can find out what they are by watching this video.

Car Accident Claims

John McKiggan has published a new book: Crash Course - The Consumer's Guide to Car Accident Claims in Nova Scotia. The book is basically a "crash course" in what you need to know about car accident claims in Nova Scotia. Until 2010, Nova Scotia had a law that limits the amount of compensation for “pain and suffering” for anyone who has suffered a minor injury to a maximum of $2,500.00. This was recently increased to $7,500.00. How do you know if the “minor injury” legislation applies to your claim? If you have been in a car accident in Nova Scotia what does the other driver’s insurance cover and what is the responsibility of your insurance company?

Find out the answers to these questions, and what you need to prove in order to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, by reading Crash Course - The Consumer's Guide to Car Accident Claims in Nova Scotia.

Informed Consent

Before a doctor can perform a medical procedure, the doctor has to get your informed consent to the procedure. Find out what “informed consent” really means and why it is important if you are thinking about filing a medical malpractice claim.

The Golden Rule

What’s the most important thing you need to remember if you intend to file a personal injury claim? Watch this video and learn the Golden Rule of personal injury claims.

Abuse Compensation Claims

Childhood abuse can have lasting effects including psychological, emotional and physical damage. The effects of childhood abuse can cause long terms problems including difficulty in personal relationships, substance abuse and loss of education and income earning potential.

John McKiggan has published a resource for survivors of childhood abuse: Breaking the Silence - The Survivors Guide to Abuse Compensation Claims. The book explains the difference between criminal prosecutions and civil compensation claims and what you need to prove in order to receive compensation if you have been a victim of childhood abuse.

Brain Injury Claims

What is a minor traumatic brain injury? Find out why the definition is misleading. What steps do you need to take if you suspect you or a loved one has suffered a minor traumatic brain injury?

Medical Malpractice in Canada: How often does it happen?

Find out how often medical malpractice happens in Canada and why the claims that make it to court are just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Traumatic Brain Injury

In this video John McKiggan explains how a traumatic brain injury can happen, even if the injured person hasn’t hit their head. Find out what a sponge floating in a bucket of water can teach you about brain injuries.

Medical Malpractice Claims in Canada

John McKiggan talks about his book, Health Scare - The Consumer’s Guide to Medical Malpractice Claims in Canada: Why 98% of Medical Malpractice Victims Never Receive a Penny in Compensation.

Wrongful Death Claims

What is a wrongful death claim?  What family members are entitled to make a claim? Why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately if you believe a family member has died as a result of someone else’s negligence? John McKiggan explains what you need to prove in order to establish a wrongful death claim.


Brain Injury Claims

ThinkFirst Traumatic Brain Injury

An educational video about the dangers of concussion in hockey. It educates parents and players about the signs and symptoms of minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and provides safety tips to prevent concussions. This should be required viewing for anyone with children playing hockey (or any amateur sport).

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) facts:

This is an excellent short video summarizing some important facts about traumatic brain injury. The reason I like this video is that it was created by a survivor of TBI.

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury:

Person’s who have suffered traumatic brain injuries often experience physical, cognitive or personality changes that significantly effect their ability to work and their relationships with friends and family.

In this documentary, victims of traumatic brain injury talk about their lives and how they have managed to overcome the challenges they face as a result of their brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation:

This is an information video about traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. The video tries to give the viewers some idea of what it would be like to suffer a traumatic brain injury. The video also addresses the challenges faced in the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of traumatic brain injury.

Coping with Brain Injury:

This video, by the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, focuses on brain injuries to children.

Mild traumatic brain injury in children is significant problem that often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as a learning disability.

The video identifies the signs and symptoms of minor traumatic brain injury in children and explores the differences between brain injury and learning disabilities.

This video is a great resource for parents of children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury: How Brain Function is Affected:

This lecture provides a general overview of the anatomy of the brain and how a traumatic brain injury can affect the function of the various parts of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury in Children:

This is an excellent short video on how to identify a traumatic brain injury in children and when to seek medical attention.

In eighteen years of representing plaintiffs I have found that children who have suffered minor traumatic brain injuries tend to get frequently misdiagnosed. Proper attention to the signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury can help prevent a lifetime of disability.

Medical Malpractice and Patient Safety

Medical Malpractice Statistics:

Medical Malpractice is usually referred to by health professionals as “medical errors” or the even more cryptic term “adverse events”.

This short video contains some frightening statistics about the incidents of medial errors (medical malpractice). Similar studies conducted in Canada have indicated that the risks of medical error are similar.

MRSA “Superbug” Dangers:

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is an antibiotic resistant “superbug” that infects healthy people. Last year alone more that 29,000 Canadian hospital patients contracted MRSA. An estimated 2300 patients died as a result of the dangerous bacteria.

This is a news story about how to protect your self from possible infection by MRSA.

Hospital Infections: MRSA “Superbug”:

This is an interview discussing the dangers of hospital acquired infections, specifically the MRSA “superbug”.

Hospital Infections: How Can They Be Prevented?

Hospital acquired infections are a huge problem in the United States and Canada. A recent Canadian survey found as many as 80% of hospitals across Canada fall short in safety procedures to help prevent patients from getting hospital infections.

This short video identifies the risks of hospital infections and what can be done to prevent them.

Preventing Medication Errors (Part I):

More that 24,000 patients die each year in Canada due to “adverse events”. A report by the Canadian Medical Association found that 24% of medical errors are related to medication or prescription errors.

This is part one of a three part series to train nurses and hospital personal in how to prevent medication errors.

Preventing Medication Errors (Part II):

More that 24,000 patients die each year in Canada due to “adverse events”. A report by the Canadian Medical Association found that 24% of medical errors are related to medication or prescription errors.

This is part two of a three part series to train nurses and hospital personal in how to prevent medication errors.

Preventing Medication Errors (Part III):

More that 24,000 patients die each year in Canada due to “adverse events”. A report by the Canadian Medical Association found that 24% of medical errors are related to medication or prescription errors.

This is part three of a three part series to train nurses and hospital personal in how to prevent medication errors.

Proving Medication Errors:

This is a short video from a nurse consultant who provides litigation support services for medical malpractice cases, specifically in the area of medication errors.

Patient Safety - Preventing medical errors:

This is a continuing education video for nurses produced by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) on patient safety.

Patient Safety – Reporting “adverse events”:

This is a training video from the FDA explaining how health care professionals and patients can report problems with the medical products that they prescribe, dispense, or use.

Unfortunately, most patients have no idea how to go about reporting what they believe to be an adverse event or medical error. In Canada hospitals are suppose to have specific policies regarding reporting medical errors. Unfortunately there are no national standards for reporting medical errors.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries: Learning to Walk:

This is a short video showing a rehabilitation session. I like this video because it was posted by a survivor of a spinal cord injury to help other survivors and family members get some idea of what it is like to go through rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Beyond therapy program.

This is a video posted by the Shepherd Centre explaining their activity based rehabilitation program for people with spinal cord injuries. The program is designed to help improve the health and long term prospects for survivors of spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Overview of Rehabilitation Services:

This is a video of the services provided at the Shepherd Centre for people with spinal cord injuries.

In Nova Scotia, all severe trauma cases are treated at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre an arm of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center.

Chronic Pain Claims

Chronic Pain Management:

This is a video from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Ontario. The video is an interview with Dr. Michael Gofeld regarding a revolutionary approach that the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is taking to treat patients with chronic pain.

In Nova Scotia, chronic pain cases are treated at the Chronic Pain Management Unit of the Queen Elizabeth health Sciences Center.

Product Liability

Death and Injury from Botox:

This is a clip from the FDA’s patient safety news about serious adverse effects, including respiratory failure and death, from the cosmetic use of Botox. Botox is often used to treat limb spasticity in children who have cerebral palsy. The drug is not approved for use in such cases.

The video points out the danger of the practice of what is known as “off label” use of medication. In other words, using medication for purposes that are not approved by the FDA and Health Canada.

Abuse Claims:

Child Abuse Prevention Training Video:

In my practice I have represented hundreds of people who suffered childhood abuse.

This is a video to help train people who work with children to help them identify children who have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse and how to go about reporting the child abuse.

It is a sad fact that most cases of child abuse go unreported. I highly recommend this video for anyone who works or volunteers with children.

Sexual Abuse Claims

Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims:

This is a video encouraging survivors of sexual abuse to speak out about what happened to them. I have to say I found it to be sensitive, respectful and powerful.

I have been representing adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse for more than fifteen years. In most cases survivors of childhood abuse have suffered silently. In many cases I have found evidence that persons in authority were aware of the abuse and turned a blind eye. Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy, the only way to stop it is to expose it.

As a public service report outlining resources available for survivors of sexual abuse in Atlantic Canada. For a free copy you can contact us here.

Car and Truck Accidents

Accident Reconstruction:

This is a 3D computerized animation of a bus-truck accident. The use of computer generated accident reconstruction videos is still in its early stages in Canada. However, computer animations can be an effective tool in communicating with a jury.

Truck-Bicycle Accident Reconstruction:

This is a detailed computerized animation showing an accident between a truck and a child on a bicycle.

Car-Pickup Truck Accident Reconstruction:

This is a computer animation reconstructing a collision between a car and a pickup truck that crossed the centreline while making a turn on a highway. The use of the computer animation effectively communicates the responsibility of the driver of the pickup truck in causing this accident

2007 Crash Test Updates:

This is a video from the auto channel reporting on the results of the Insurance Institute’s crash test results. The video points out that while a vehicle may do well in front impact studies, the same vehicle may have poor results in side impact or rear impact collisions.

SUV-Car Crash: Accident Reconstruction:

This report explains the dangers in SUV – Car Collisions. The difference in height between SUV’s and cars poses a significant danger to the occupants of the car. The video shows how even a small difference between the heights of different vehicles involved in a crash can have life or death consequences.