You rely on your doctors to answer your medical questions accurately, address your medical concerns promptly, and provide you with quality care when you need it. Medical professionals are expected to have the knowledge and experience necessary to keep their patients safe.
While most physicians are reliable sources for medical advice and are qualified to provide treatment, some render services that don’t quite meet the standard level of care.
If you or someone in your family was harmed as a result of the medical treatment you were rendered or the lack thereof, you should contact Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333 as you might be able to file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.
Holding a Doctor Liable for a Medical Mistake
If your doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or any other type of medical professional made a mistake that caused you physical and/or psychological harm, you could discuss filing a lawsuit with a Henderson medical malpractice lawyer. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit would not only give you the opportunity to recognize the physician for their mistake, but it could also allow you to recover compensation for how their behavior has impacted your life.
In a medical malpractice case, a victim can request that they be awarded damages, which is also known as financial relief. Because a medical mistake cannot be undone, one way a medical professional can make it up to the victim is by providing them with financial relief.
A victim may be entitled to damages that fall into one of two categories, economic damages and non-economic damages, both of which are explained more in-depth down below.
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Economic damages refer to “losses” that can be easily calculated. Some examples include:
Future Loss of Earning Capacity
If the medical mistake has interfered with your ability to work, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the money you would have earned had you not been a victim of medical malpractice. This might also include missed promotions.
If your injury or worsening condition requires medical treatment, you may be entitled to recover money for the medical care you may have already required, along with the care you may need in the future.
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Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate and refer to things like:
Pain and Suffering
You may be entitled to compensation for the physical pain you had to endure (or are experiencing now) as a result of the medical mistake.
If you suffered mental anguish, which includes depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or any other type of mental health condition, you might be awarded compensation.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If the medical mistake has interfered with your ability to enjoy life the way you once could, you may be entitled to financial relief.
The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Nevada
Each state has set a statute of limitations relevant to victims of medical malpractice and how long they have to bring a claim against a healthcare provider or medical facility. According to NRS § 41A.097(2), Nevada only gives a victim of medical malpractice one year after the injury (with some exceptions) to file their lawsuit.
Generally, once the statute of limitations has expired, a victim may no longer have the grounds to sue. Therefore, if you believe a doctor or another type of medical professional has caused you harm, you should retain a Henderson medical malpractice lawyer to find out how much time you have left to bring a claim.
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Understanding the Standard Level of Care
The standard level of care refers to the degree of care a physician should exercise under the same circumstances as a physician who is skilled in the same field of medicine as him or her. This means that if you were to visit an emergency room with clear signs of a heart attack, you should receive similar treatment no matter where you decide to go. The same would apply to an expectant mother who is seeking prenatal care for her and her unborn baby.
It is important for you to understand that the standard level of care is different from how much you like or dislike your physician, as some are more patient and sympathetic than others. Because it can sometimes be difficult for a patient or a surviving family member to determine when a physician has not met the standard level of care, you can let a Henderson medical malpractice lawyer explain it to you.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
When a medical professional fails to provide a patient with the standard level of care and, as a result, causes them to suffer an injury or suffer worsened symptoms of their condition, said professional could be held liable by way of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice or medical negligence are the terms used to describe a physician’s behavior when he or she has made an error and caused a patient to suffer in some way.
Some examples of medical malpractice might include:
- Failure to render reasonable treatment when signs or symptoms are obvious
- Surgical errors
- Failure to take into account a patient’s medical history, which later leads to an injury or worsened condition
- Medication errors
- Premature discharge
When an individual seeks treatment for a condition, the physician must provide care that any other physician would provide under the same circumstances. When they fail to do this, a victim may have the grounds to sue them for medical malpractice.
The Lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson Are Here to Help
Recognizing a physician or healthcare facility in Nevada for medical malpractice can be difficult. If you think a doctor made a mistake, whether it was during a surgical procedure or rendering treatment for a health concern or condition, you should consider contacting Bernstein & Poisson.
Call (702) 633-3333 to discuss the matter. Our firm can determine if you have a viable case and what can be done to hold the doctor liable for their error.