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Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney

When injuries or deaths occur at the hands of negligent doctors or healthcare providers

Free Consultation

Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney

When injuries or deaths occur at the hands of negligent doctors or healthcare providers

Free Consultation

Fight Back With An Experienced Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney By Your Side

There are laws in place that make it possible for injured patients to recoup compensation for injuries that result from subpar or sub-standard medical treatment. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence in Las Vegas, it is crucial to seek legal counsel with an attorney in a timely manner due to the strict statute of limitation laws. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, you can contact Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney Adam Breeden today.

 

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs due to negligence, either through action or failure to act, and when medical care does not meet the accepted standard of care. This “standard of care” is generally defined as what a “reasonably qualified health care provider is required to do under similar circumstances involving the treatment of a patient.”

This standard of care applies to all medical practitioners, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, pharmacists, hospitals, nursing homes, and many other professionals and entities.

When injuries or deaths occur at the hands of negligent doctors or healthcare providers, it creates a nightmare for patients and their families. After all, you look to doctors and health care providers to assist you in recovering your health, the last thing that you would expect is to sustain injuries or permanent damage, aggravating your health condition even further.

Group of doctors putting patient under anesthesia before medical procedure, which with poor handling, could result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Health care providers have a legal duty to follow certain standards when providing medical care.

 

What is Considered a Valid Medical Malpractice Claim in Nevada?

All doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health care providers are legally obligated to provide a specific standard of medical care. They are not, however, responsible for all the harm that patients experience.

On the other hand, with the help of an attorney, they can be held legally liable if their patients suffer injuries or harm because they deviated from the standard of medical care that’s commonly expected in the same or similar circumstances.

To pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are four key elements of your case that must be proven in court:

      1. Duty of medical care was owed to you or your loved one: For this to be valid, first, a doctor-patient relationship has to exist.
      2. Failure to provide the medical standard of care: Health care providers have a legal duty to follow certain standards when providing medical care. Otherwise, their actions can be considered negligent.
      3. This failure caused an injury or death: The injured patient should be able to prove that the health care provider’s negligent actions resulted in harm or injury and that if negligence was not involved, the patient wouldn’t have been harmed.
      4. The harm or injury resulted in damaging consequences: These consequences can include damages or losses, such as constant pain, enduring suffering, disability, severe injury, and/or significant loss of income.

What Kinds of Damages are Available in a Nevada Medical Malpractice Claim?

In Nevada, victims of medical malpractice are entitled to recover compensation for both their economic and non-economic losses.
Economic damages are objectively quantifiable damages and can include medical expenses and lost income. There is no cap on economic damages resulting from medical malpractice in Nevada, so plaintiffs can recover the full amount for their economic losses.

Non-economic damages, unlike economic damages, are subjective losses that can vary from victim to victim. These include damages for pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. Nevada law limits non-economic damages to a maximum amount of $350,000.

Who Can be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Some people mistakenly assume that only doctors can be responsible for committing medical malpractice. In reality, any medical practitioner can be guilty of medical malpractice, including:

  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Assistants
  • Hospitals
  • Hospital staff
  • Dentists
  • Anesthesiologists

Before a physician performs a medical procedure, he or she is required to explain the outcomes to the patient. This includes discussing the potential side effects and complications. The communication of this information is known as “informed consent.”

If a doctor fails to provide informed consent, it could amount to medical malpractice. This is especially true in situations where a patient is injured as a result of a procedure that they would not have agreed to if presented with all of the facts. However, informed consent is not required in certain scenarios, including when an unconscious patient receives emergency treatment.

 

What is an Affidavit of Merit?

One of the requirements of a medical malpractice claim in Nevada is the inclusion of an affidavit of merit. An affidavit of merit is a document signed by a medical practitioner attesting to the validity of your injuries. In particular, the affidavit must express that you were a victim of medical malpractice in the opinion of the physician signing the document.

While this is a relatively straightforward requirement, it is important to keep in mind that you only have one to three years to file your case, depending on your circumstances. Therefore, you must obtain the affidavit of merit within the time provided under the statute of limitations.

 

What are The Most Common Medical Negligence Cases?

A qualified lawyer with experience in medical malpractice litigation can review your case to figure out whether your claim is valid and actionable. Keep in mind that dissatisfaction with a treatment’s results isn’t considered negligence. That being said, here are common situations involving medical negligence that could lead to a malpractice case:

  • Failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis
  • Prescribing the wrong medicine or dosage
  • Labor or birth injuries
  • Premature discharge
  • Incorrect, inaccurate, or unnecessary surgical interventions
  • Failure to follow-up
  • Failing to order proper diagnostic tests or act on the test results
  • Leaving objects inside the body after a surgery
  • Operating on an incorrect body part
  • Persistent pain after a treatment
Jar filled with pills. Medication error can be a cause of medical malpractice.

Prescribing the wrong medicine or dosage could be a result of negligence.

 

Will My Medical Malpractice Case go to Trial?

It is not possible to determine beforehand whether your medical malpractice case will go to trial. However, while medical malpractice cases do go to trial more often than personal injury cases, the vast majority are settled out of court. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 93% of medical malpractice cases were resolved before a trial was completed.

 

What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Injuries in Nevada?

Under the medical malpractice laws in Nevada, the statute of limitations or deadline for filing a medical malpractice case will expire three years following the injury date or a year after the patient discovered the injury. While the time limits may seem clear and simple, in practice, the application of the time limits in medical malpractice claims are not always straightforward and will always be specific to the discovery or date of occurrence, especially when it becomes contested.

Likewise, a patient’s injury may not be discovered for several months or years in some cases. In these cases, a lawyer will have less time to review the case, get all the necessary evidence, have experts prove the merit of the case, and file a claim. Therefore, the moment you suspect a medical error, you need to move quickly to secure your legal right to receive compensation.

Nevada Courthouse where often medical malpractice claims are litigated.

The moment you suspect a medical error, you need to move quickly to secure your legal right to receive compensation.

 

What Should I Do If I Think I Have a Nevada Medical Malpractice Claim?

You should speak with an experienced Nevada medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. It’s important to tell your lawyer as many details as possible about your claim. If possible, you should bring your medical records with you to your first consultation.

 

How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help Your Claim

Litigation surrounding a medical malpractice case can be complex and requires outstanding legal representation and expert medical testimony. The attorneys at Breeden Malpractice and Injury Law are experienced in handling all aspects of a medical malpractice claim, including:

  • Establishing whether the conduct of the medical professional failed to meet the appropriate “standard of care”.
  • Establishing whether the medical professional’s neglect led to the illness or injury in question.
  • Obtaining expert witness testimony to support the claims of negligence and damages.
Medical malpractice lawyer in Las Vegas Adam Breeen

Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyer Adam Breeden fights for the injured’s rights across Nevada

Las Vegas Medical Malpractice and Negligence Law Firm

The lawyers and professionals at Breeden Malpractice and Injury Law bring to the table exemplary skill and experience in both the legal and medical fields and can provide a personalized level of service and counsel that is difficult to find at other law firms. We are recognized for our continued success in medical malpractice lawsuits of all types and stand ready to provide you with help in your case.

Don’t entrust your legal rights and financial security to just any law firm. Contact Las Vegas medical malpractice and negligence lawyer Adam Breeden today for a free consultation.

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