Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions

Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.

A doctor can be held liable for medical malpractice if their negligence causes injury or death to a patient. In order for a doctor to be found liable, it must be proven that they breached their duty of care owed to the patient, and that this breach resulted in the patient being harmed.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in Nevada on Medical Practice Actions is two years. This means that any lawsuit arising out of medical malpractice must be filed within two years of the date of the injury or death, or within two years of the date that the injury or death was discovered, whichever is later.

Some common types of medical malpractice claims include:

  • failure to diagnose a condition or disease, such as cancer;
  • misdiagnosis of a condition or disease;
  • delay in diagnosing a condition or disease;
  • failure to properly treat a condition or disease;
  • improper treatment of a condition or disease;
  • failure to obtain informed consent from a patient before performing a procedure;
  • performing a procedure on the wrong body part;
  • leaving foreign objects in a patient’s body after surgery; and
  • errors made during childbirth.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of medical negligence, you should contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys to evaluate your claim. An attorney at Shook & Stone will be able to review your medical records and determine if there is a basis for a claim.

At Shook & Stone, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge any upfront fees and we only receive a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for our clients.

There is no “average” settlement for a medical malpractice claim, as each case is unique and the amount of damages will depend on the facts of the case. However, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.