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What is Medical Malpractice?

When you are facing a medical issue, you place your trust in the medical staff that treats you. Medical professionals are required to follow standards of care when diagnosing and treating a medical problem. When providers fail to follow this standard of care, the results can be devastating. This failure to exercise proper standards of care is known as medical malpractice. Someone who is injured as a result of medical malpractice has grounds for a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death suit if a loved one dies as the result of malpractice. Some examples of medical malpractice include:
  • Failure to diagnose a disease or problem
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to prevent a birth injury
  • Surgical error
  • Anesthesia error
  • Failure to properly monitor patients
  • Performing unnecessary surgery
  • Medication errors
It is important to note that a bad medical result or even a hospital death does not necessarily constitute medical malpractice. The key to winning a malpractice case is showing whether the doctor and other medical professionals followed the accepted standards of care. If they did not, a case may be made for medical malpractice. For example, if a doctor orders the proper tests and skillfully examines the patient, an illness can still be misdiagnosed. However, if the doctor fails to order the right tests or fails to recognize clear symptoms of an illness, the doctor could be guilty of medical malpractice.

How Do I File a Medical Malpractice Suit?

If you have been injured as a result of a medical provider's negligence, the team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas can help. We have the resources and experience to fully investigate your case to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Our team has experience handling numerous successful medical malpractice cases against medical providers like hospitals, doctors, physician assistants, nurses and more. If you have the grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, turn to the team at Bernstein & Poisson. Nevada state law requires all plaintiffs to obtain complete medical records from the medical provider and have them examined by an expert doctor who will then provide our attorneys with an opinion. If the expert determines that you suffered from medical malpractice, our lawyers will get an affidavit that allows us to initiate an action against the at-fault medical provider. It is extremely difficult to win a medical malpractice case by yourself. Rather than risk losing and having no way to seek compensation for your damages, turn to the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson. Start with a free consultation to see what legal options are available to you.