Susanne Raab

Pacific Medical Law

British Columbia and Yukon

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Susanne Raab is a lawyer at Pacific Medical Law, and an advocate for people living with disabilities. She has been selected for inclusion by her peers in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Medical Negligence and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in medical malpractice. Susanne is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyer society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars.

Susanne’s practice focuses on representing individuals and families who have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice, with a focus on birth injuries and catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. Prior to joining Pacific Medical Law, Susanne spent much of her legal career representing physicians in complex medical malpractice actions.

Susanne has appeared before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia, the BC Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Susanne also serves on the Executive Committee for the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia as well as the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association for the BC Health Law Subsection.

Susanne is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law where she teaches the medical negligence course to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Susanne is actively involved in advocating for individuals living with disabilities, and is past President of the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia, as well as founder of the Advisory Committee of the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia.

Classes/Seminars

  • Chair and speaker, “A Patient’s Right to Know – A comparative analysis of the scope of a physician’s duty of disclosure of potential harms vs. actual harms” International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Rome, 2019
  • Speaker, “A Child’s Right to Decide – the Sliding Scale of Capacity to Accept or Refuse Medical Treatment”, International Academy of Law and Mental Heath, Prague, 2017
  • Chair, “Proving Physical and Psychiatric Injuries”, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Medical Legal Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, “A Physician’s Duty to Disclose Medical Errors”, BC Radiological Society 2016
  • Speaker, “Claims for Nervous Shock- Advances in the Law and Medicine”, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Medical Legal Conference, 2016
  • Speaker, “The Treating Physician as an Expert Witness, Issues of Procedure, Admissibility and Bias”, Canadian Bar Association, National Health Law Summit, 2015
  • Medical Ethics Guest, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
  • Speaker, “Civil Litigation – Causation in Medical Malpractice Cases”, Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Speaker, “Nursing Liability in the Context of the Evolving Nursing Profession”, Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultants Association, 2014
  • Chair, Medicine for Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Chair, Merging of the Minds, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Medical Legal Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “The Influence of Counsel on an Expert’s Report – Where to Draw the Line”, Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultants Association, 2013
  • Speaker, “Medical Malpractice Litigation: The B.C Experience”, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “Making way for the modern mother: The campaign for improved work life balance in private practice”, Lunching with Leaders, The Law Courts Inn, 2013
  • Chair, Persuasion and the Complex Case, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Medical Legal Conference, 2012
  • Speaker, “The Foundations of Expert Reports: Writing and Admissibility”, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Medical Legal Conference, 2012
  • Speaker, “What is Admissible, and What isn’t Admissible in Expert Reports”, Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultant Association, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – recognized from 2014 to 2020
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – since 2017
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – recognized as a Leading Practitioner in Medical Malpractice – 2017 – 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia, President and Chair of Advisory Committee (Past)
  • Canadian Bar Association – Executive, BC Health Law subsection

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