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Patients rely on doctors and healthcare providers to stay healthy and treat conditions and illnesses. Sadly, medical error is a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact The Janda Law Firm today. Our Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney can provide the dedicated legal advocacy needed in a case of medical malpractice.

Why Choose Our Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

  • Dr. Paul Janda is both a lawyer and a doctor – the first and only neurologist-attorney in Nevada. He is actively involved in several research studies and serves on a number of medical advisory boards.
  • With our medical background and legal skills, we have in-depth understanding of the complex medical and legal issues involved in medical malpractice claims.
  • Our medical experience allows us to research cases quickly, saving both time and cost, and to determine financial and personal losses associated with your injuries, making it possible to pursue the full compensation you deserve.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

It is not necessarily malpractice when something goes wrong with a procedure or medical treatment, or when a condition worsens. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, healthcare professional, or hospital causes injury to a patient through a negligent act or omission. Negligence can occur in the form of errors in health management, diagnosis, treatment, or aftercare.

How Common Is Medical Malpractice?

According to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, $3,925,073,250 was paid out for medical malpractice claims in the U.S. in the most recent year for which statistics are available. Classified by the severity of injury, this sum was paid out in the following percentages:

  • 30% — Death
  • 20% — Major permanent injury
  • 18% — Significant permanent injury
  • 12% — Quadriplegic, brain damage, lifelong care injuries
  • 8% — Minor permanent injury
  • 7% — Major temporary injury
  • 5% — Other

What Would Be An Example Of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is widespread and occurs in many different forms. Examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Surgery on the wrong site or the wrong patient
  • Premature discharge
  • Defective medical devices
  • Poor aftercare or follow-up
  • Improper medication or dosage
  • Failure to take (or disregarding) appropriate patient history
  • Failure to order proper testing or to recognize symptoms

What Are the Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim?

To receive compensation for medical malpractice, you must show that the following elements exist in your claim:

  • Violation of the standard of care: There are certain medical standards recognized and acknowledged by law as being acceptable medical treatment that would be provided by reasonably prudent healthcare professionals under similar circumstances. These are known as the standard of care, and patients have a right to expect care consistent with these standards.
  • Injury caused by negligence: For a medical malpractice claim to exist, it is not sufficient that the doctor or healthcare provider violated the standard of care. You must also show that you sustained an injury that would not have occurred without the doctor’s negligence, and that the negligence was the cause of the injuries.
  • Significant damages: If your damages are minor, the cost of pursuing your claim may be greater than the potential recovery. For a medical malpractice claim to be viable, you must show that your damages resulting from medical negligence are significant. Such damages may include extensive past and future medical bills, loss of income, unusual pain, suffering, and hardship, or disability.

What Compensation Is Available in a Nevada Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical malpractice can have a significant impact on your life, resulting in financial hardship, physical pain, and emotional trauma. According to Nevada medical malpractice laws, you have the right to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages related to the healthcare provider’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages involve the financial losses that you suffered due to the malpractice, such as the following. 

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Disability accommodations, such as mobility equipment
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and specialized treatment

These losses are simple to calculate using documents like receipts, invoices, medical records, and paystubs. For long-term expenses, your attorney can enlist the help of expert witnesses, such as life care planners, who can assess your needs and calculate your total cost of care.

Non-Economic Damages

Medical malpractice can have significant impacts on your physical health and emotional well-being. Non-economic damages involve the pain and suffering that you experienced, such as the following.

  • Chronic pain
  • Permanent disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of quality of life

Non-economic losses are intangible and therefore more difficult to calculate than economic damages. Your attorney from The Janda Law Firm can leverage common strategies used to estimate pain and suffering, providing you with a clearer picture of the compensation that you can claim. 

What Is The Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice In Nevada?

If you believe that you qualify for a medical malpractice claim, it is important to initiate your lawsuit as soon as you can. According to Nevada’s statute of limitations, you must file your claim by the sooner of the two following dates.

  • Three years from the date that the medical provider caused your injury
  • One year from the date that you discovered or should have discovered the injury

For example, say that you collapse from a heart attack after your doctor misdiagnoses your condition as heartburn. In this situation, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date that the doctor misdiagnosed your condition. 

If you do not file your lawsuit by the appropriate date, the court will likely dismiss your case—preventing you from recovering compensation. To protect your future case, contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as possible to identify your filing deadline.

Benefits of a Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorney

Navigating a medical malpractice claim can be a challenge. The laws surrounding these types of claims can be very complex, and you will need significant resources to prove your case. In these situations, you need a Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney on your side.

By hiring an LV medical malpractice attorney from The Janda Law Firm to handle your case, you can unlock several important benefits and services.

  • Your medical malpractice attorney in Nevada will have extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases and can leverage his knowledge to help you navigate the litigation process.
  • Your lawyer will have the time and resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into your case and craft a compelling case in your favor.
  • Your medical malpractice attorney can handle all communications with the at-fault party on your behalf, advocating aggressively for your side of the story.
  • Your lawyer can calculate the full extent of your damages on your behalf and evaluate all settlement offers that you receive, helping you avoid an insufficient offer.

Contact Our Award-Winning Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

We are tough advocates for victims of medical malpractice, and our personal injury lawyer’s medical credentials as a neurologist can be of significant benefit to you in filing a claim or lawsuit. If a doctor, hospital, or healthcare provider has caused you significant harm through negligence, contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as possible to speak with a Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney.