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What to Know about Medical Malpractice in Nevada

Posted By Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney || 13-Jun-2011

Nevada patients expect their physicians and healthcare providers to be qualified, ethical, and provide the highest standard of care. Unfortunately, many physicians have forgotten the Hippocratic Oath which they had sworn to when they first became healthcare professionals.

Medical malpractice is a general term used to describe unethical, inappropriate, negligent or substandard care by a physician, hospital or other healthcare provider. Each state has its own specific definition of medical malpractice, however. In Nevada, medical malpractice is defined as “…the failure of a physician, hospital or employee of a hospital, in rendering services, to use the reasonable care, skill or knowledge ordinarily used under similar circumstances” (NRS 41A.009). Some common incidents of medical malpractice in Nevada include failure to diagnose a serious illness, delayed diagnosis, improper diagnosis, medication error, and surgical error.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Nevada, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages; however, according to Nevada’s Revised Statutes, “…an action for injury or death against a provider of health care may not be commenced more than 3 years after the date of injury or 1 year after the plaintiff discovers or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered the injury…” (NRS 41A.097). Various exceptions and/or qualifications apply to not only this rule but to other Nevada medical malpractice laws. An experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to understand the laws and make a well informed decision concerning your situation.

At Shook & Stone, our knowledgeable Nevada medical malpractice lawyers have successfully pursued compensation on behalf of victims of medical malpractice. To learn more about your legal rights and to ask any questions you may have, please call us today for a free consultation at (888) 662-2013.

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