Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney
Every year, thousands of people are injured at the hands of the doctors and other healthcare professionals that have practiced medicine in a negligent manner. We’ve all heard the horror stories of doctors amputating the wrong limb or leaving foreign objects in their patients during surgery. These are extreme and clear examples of medical malpractice but there are many other, less obvious, ways that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals engage in medical malpractice. These lesser-known types of malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Negligent diagnosis
- Bed sores
- Using unsterile environments or tools
- Prescribing wrong or dangerous medicine
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers owe their patients a certain duty of care. When the doctors, nurses, or other healthcare providers breach that duty of care, then they are responsible for the resulting damages. However, it is very important to pick the right attorney to represent you in a medical malpractice matter.
Medical malpractice cases are inherently difficult due to Nevada’s Legislature adopting several laws that actually protect doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers from being effectively sued for their negligent actions. The first hurdle that a medical malpractice plaintiff must overcome is obtaining an affidavit from an expert in the field of practice of the negligent doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider. This is inherently difficult due to most doctors and nurses not wanting to testify against their brethren and due to the extreme difficulty in showing that the doctor or nurse was actually negligent based on the available evidence, which consists almost entirely of the negligent doctor’s own records. The second hurdle that the plaintiff must cross is filing their lawsuit within one-year of the accrual of the cause of action. This is known as the statute of limitations and is not forgiving. The statute of limitations is very short in medical malpractice cases and is problematic because often times people injured at the hands of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider is not even fully recovered from the injuries, sustained as a result of the negligence, one year after the injury. Many medical malpractice plaintiffs are not even sufficiently cognizant one year after the injury for purposes of retaining an attorney and pursing their claim. Although these legal difficulties are quite burdensome, they are nothing that a diligent attorney could not overcome. Therefore, if you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, it is imperative that you contact the Injury Firm Las Vegas as soon as possible, especially considering the short statute of limitations that you are dealing with in a medical malpractice case.