Can I Sue A Hospital For Negligence Or A Medical Mistake In Nevada?

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If a nurse or other person working for a hospital makes a mistake that causes significant harm to you or results in the death of a loved one, you can sue the hospital and hold them accountable for medical errors or other acts of negligence.

Medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States and result in nearly 250,000 fatalities each year, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Other reports say due to substandard reporting methods, that number could be as high as 440,000.

What Are Common Medical Mistakes?

The authors of the Johns Hopkins report say preventable deaths and injuries can occur due to inadequately skilled hospital staff, system failures and errors in judgment or care, such as:

  • Nurses or other staff members not following doctors’ orders
  • Failing to check on patients adequately
  • Not regularly turning patients to avoid bedsores
  • Not taking complete information when checking in patients
  • A failure to correctly administer medications
  • Mixing up medications with those of other patients
  • Misrecording information on a patient’s chart
  • Not preventing patients from falling when getting out of bed

Report Medical Errors Promptly

The statute of limitations for filing any legal action against a hospital or medical professional in Nevada is three years, or within one year after an injury is discovered. Taking immediate action is vital to your case as Nevada laws are designed to protect doctors and hospitals.

To file a claim, you need all medical reports relevant to your case, and your attorney must provide expert analysis of those records showing that the hospital is responsible for your injuries and failed to meet standards for medical care.

Beware Of Hospital Representatives

Hospitals often deploy risk management personnel to visit with patients and their families when a mistake occurs, sometimes calling these individuals “patient advocates.” However, remember these so-called advocates are there to protect the hospital’s interests and not your rights to take action and seek compensation.

Economic Vs. Noneconomic Damages

Nevada places limits on how much an individual can receive in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases, for things such as physical pain and emotional suffering. That cap is set at $350,000 for each complaint and does not include economic damages, such as medical costs, lost wages and other financial consequences.

Getting help from an attorney with experience in medical malpractice and medical negligence suits in Las Vegas is crucial to a favorable outcome as these laws differ significantly from other personal injury statutes. Your attorney can also help you file a complaint against the hospital with state licensing agencies in Nevada.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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