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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast

Oct 30, 2020

Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Janet Lebeau to today’s podcast. Janet has over 23 years of experience as a law clerk specializing in personal injury particularly medical negligence matters. She operated an independent litigation support business for over 18 years. Janet graduated from McMaster University (BA) and York University (B.Ed).

Janet is involved in all aspects of a medical negligence matter, from organizing, collating, and analyzing medical records; preparing chronologies; locating, retaining and briefing the appropriate expert; coordinating evidence; interviewing witnesses; and preparing documents such as statements of claim, pre-trial memorandums, and mediation memorandums; as well as assisting at trial.

She is known for developing a rapport with clients by treating them with empathy and compassion.

In this episode, Janet shares the details of her job as a law clerk, as well as the steps involved in a lawsuit for medical malpractice.

Key Takeaways:

[1:50] Janet talks about her work as a law clerk at Gluckstein Lawyers.

[4:40] At Gluckstein, law clerks have a great deal of autonomy.

[6:06] What are the basic elements that must be proven in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

[12:03] When should someone consider consulting with Janet?

[13:49] What is the information required from a new potential client?

[18:04] How long does the process take?

[23:33] Janet talks about the complications that may arise when there are multiple parties involved in a lawsuit.

[24:51] The role of medical experts.

[28:04] Janet explains why she got involved in the field of medical malpractice.

[34:53] Janet talks about the challenges in neonatal cases.

[41:11] Janet shares a memorable case.

[47:50] Janet suggests that clients should keep asking questions.

[49:33] “This or that” questions.

[54:51] Janet shares her favorite recipe.


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