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At Ladah Law Firm, our Nevada medical malpractice attorneys and Las Vegas medical malpractice attorneys are knowledgeable, justice-first advocates for patients and families. With more than $300 million recovered for victims, our firm holds negligent health care providers accountable. If you or your loved one was the victim of medical negligence, we are here to help. Contact our Las Vegas medical malpractice attorneys at our Las Vegas law office today for a free, confidential consultation with a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer. 

What is Medical Malpractice?

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It is important to understand what medical malpractice is under the law. Nevada defines medical malpractice as a healthcare provider’s deviation from the standard of care in their field that causes harm to their patient. Medical malpractice can occur at any stage during the care cycle—from diagnosis to treatment to aftercare of any medical professional. To prove liability in a case of medical malpractice in Nevada, the claimant (patient) must demonstrate the following four things:

  • A doctor-patient relationship was created; 
  • The health provider deviated from the standard of care; 
  • The deviation caused harm to the patient; and
  • The patient suffered actual, tangible damages.  

Medical Malpractice Takes Many Forms

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One of the many things that makes medical malpractice complex is that it takes a wide range of different forms. Ladah Law Firm investigates and handles the full range of medical malpractice cases in Nevada. Some notable examples of medical malpractice include: 

  • Failure to Diagnose: Diagnostic errors are the leading type of medical malpractice. It is a type of medical malpractice that occurs when a healthcare provider fails to identify and diagnose an existing condition. It is a big problem because many medical conditions require immediate attention. Failure to diagnose can lead to a lack of necessary care. 
  • Doctor Misdiagnosis: In some cases, a doctor may make a diagnosis—but, unfortunately, it may be the wrong one. Doctor misdiagnosis involves a healthcare professional incorrectly diagnosing a patient with a condition that they do not have. When a misdiagnosis happens, a patient could get the wrong treatment. 
  • Mistakes During Surgery: Surgery is a major event. It must be handled with utmost care, precision, and professional skills. Mistakes could cause terrible harm to a patient. Examples of surgical errors include operating on the wrong site, performing the wrong procedure, or rough handling that causes unintended damage to the patient. 
  • Anesthesiology Errors: Anesthesia is powerful. It can help to make surgery safe and bearable. At the same time, it must be done properly. Errors in anesthesiology can range from administering too much or too little anesthesia to failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs, resulting in severe consequences, including pain, brain damage, or death.
  • Retained Surgical Objects: This form of malpractice happens when surgical instruments or materials, like sponges or tools, are mistakenly left inside a patient’s body after surgery. A retained object can cause severe complications to a patient. In fact, in many cases, an additional operation is required to remove the object. 
  • Failure to Get Informed Consent: Failure to get informed consent occurs when a healthcare provider does not adequately inform the patient of the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a procedure. It could potentially give rise to a medical malpractice claim in Nevada if a patient suffers harm as a consequence. 
  • Dental Malpractice: Dentists are licensed medical professionals They can be held liable for medical malpractice. Some notable examples of dental malpractice include performing incorrect procedures, causing nerve injuries, and failing to diagnose oral diseases. 
  • Birth Injuries: Birth injuries refer to damage or injuries to a baby that occur during labor and delivery. This form of medical malpractice could cause harm to the mother, the infant, or both. Unfortunately, in some cases, an infant may be left with long-term, even permanent impairments as a consequence of medical malpractice. 

Understanding Nevada Medical Malpractice Laws

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Medical malpractice claims are handled at the state level. If you got care in Las Vegas, Reno, or anywhere else in our state, your claim falls under Nevada law. Notably, there are some state-by-state differences in medical malpractice laws. It is crucial that patients and families have a basic understanding of how the legal process operates. At Ladah Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases in Nevada. Here are key points that you should know: 

  • Medical Provider Negligence is Needed to Establish Liability: Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence. Under Nevada law (NRS 41A.015), professional negligence is “the failure of a provider of health care, in rendering services, to use the reasonable care, skill or knowledge ordinarily used” in a similar situation. In Nevada, to establish liability in a medical malpractice case, it is necessary to prove that a medical provider was negligent. This involves demonstrating that the provider deviated from the accepted standard of care typically expected in the medical community. An injured victim must show that the provider’s actions or lack thereof were not only inappropriate but also that these actions directly caused an injury or death. 
  • Individual and Institutional Providers May Be Held Liable: A number of different parties may be named as the defendant in a medical malpractice claim. Nevada law allows for both individual healthcare providers (such as doctors, nurses, and therapists) and institutional providers (like hospitals, clinics, and medical centers) to be held liable for medical malpractice. This means that institutions can be responsible not just for their own administrative failings but also for the negligent acts of their employees if these actions occur within the scope of their employment and during the provision of care. 
  • An Affidavit of Merit is Required to Bring Your Claim: In Nevada, plaintiffs must submit an affidavit of merit along with their medical malpractice claim. The document must be prepared by a qualified medical expert who attests that the claim has merit based on a preliminary review of the evidence. Along with other key details, the affidavit must detail the expert’s belief that the defendant deviated from the standard of care and that this deviation caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Failure to provide this affidavit at the time of filing can result in the dismissal of the lawsuit. Consult with a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer. 

An Overview of Medical Malpractice Compensation in Nevada

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In Nevada, patients have the right to seek compensation for their economic losses and their intangible damages through medical malpractice claims. However, unfortunately, it can be very challenging for people to get the full and fair financial support that they rightfully deserve. Medical malpractice lawsuits are typically defended by large, aggressive insurance companies. You may be entitled to recover compensation for: 

  • Emergency medical treatment; 
  • Hospital bills and other health care costs; 
  • Medications and medical equipment; 
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitative care; 
  • Loss of wages and loss of earning power; 
  • Pain and suffering & mental distress; and
  • Wrongful death of a loved one. 

A Note On Nevada Law: As explained by the State Bar of Nevada, our state has a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims. The law limits a victim’s total recovery for non-economic damages—such as pain and suffering—in these cases. Starting January 1st, 2024, the cap on medical malpractice non-economic damages is $430,000 per claim. It will continue to increase going forward by $80,000 per year until it reaches $750,000. After that point, the non-economic damages cap will increase by 2.1 percent per year without further legislative action. To be clear, there is no statutory cap on economic damages in these claims. 

Know the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims

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You have a limited amount of time to bring a medical malpractice claim. Under Nevada law, there is a three-year statute of limitations for most types of medical malpractice claims. However, there is also a one-year statute of repose for most cases. A medical malpractice claim should be filed within one year of the date that the patient knew or should have known about their complications. Be proactive: Consult with a Nevada medical negligence attorney right away. 

Why Trust the Nevada Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Ladah Law Firm

Medical malpractice law is complicated. You need an attorney who has the professional expertise to handle your case the right way. At Ladah Law Firm, we represent patients and families—not medical providers or large insurance companies. It is our mission to take personal injury cases and help victims get justice. Among other things, our Nevada medical malpractice attorneys will:

  • Hear you story and answer questions about your medical malpractice claim;
  • Investigate your case—gathering the evidence that you need to prove malpractice; 
  • Consult with the right medical experts to build your case; 
  • Represent you in any settlement negotiations with insurance companies; and
  • Take aggressive action to help ensure you secure the best results in your case. 

We are committed to providing personalized legal guidance and support in medical malpractice claims in Nevada. Our law firm will invest the time and resources needed to handle your case the right way. With testimonials from our prior clients and a strong record of case results, we have recovered more than $300 million in compensation for injured victims in Nevada. 

Medical Malpractice in Nevada: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No Fee Until We Win Your Medical Malpractice Case

Ladah Law Firm handles medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront costs for our hourly bills for our clients. Instead, our Nevada medical malpractice lawyers only get paid when you get paid. There is no fee unless you recover financial compensation. Initial consultations are always free, strictly confidential, and carry absolutely no obligations. 

Contact Our Nevada Medical Negligence Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation

At Ladah Law Firm, our Nevada medical malpractice attorneys are standing by, ready to protect your rights. If you or your loved one was the victim of medical negligence, our team is ready to help. Contact us at (702) 252-0055 today for a free, completely confidential initial consultation and legal representation. With a law office in Las Vegas, we handle medical malpractice cases throughout all of Nevada.