CIVIL RIGHTS AT RISK: ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Subject: Farlow vs. Hospital for Sick Children et al.
Description: Motion by Hospital Threatens Access to Justice for Infant
Born with Genetic Condition whose Death Involves Disturbing Circumstances
Event Date and Location: May 7th, 2009 at 10:00-12:00 am, at 393 University Avenue, 10th Floor, Toronto, Canada.
The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children has called a motion to request for an order to transfer a $10,000 Small Claims file to Superior Court, where the cost of litigation would be utterly prohibitive. The reason the Hospital has stated the request for the transfer is that the issues involved in the Claim are “serious,” “complex” and are such that “the Hospital’s reputation is in jeopardy.”
The Farlows cannot find a lawyer to defend the case on a contingency basis due to the fact that the costs would very likely exceed any potential award for a child such as Annie with predicted disabilities. Should they lose the Motion, they will have to drop the Claim. Continue reading