Medical Malpractice Injuries
Medical malpractice often results in serious injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice in Nevada, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Blackburn Wirth at 702-472-7000 for a free consultation.
According to recent studies, medical errors account for an estimated 220,000 to 440,000 deaths each year in the United States. They are the third leading cause of death, ranked only behind deaths from heart disease and cancer. Blackburn Wirth handles many medical malpractice cases that result from medical errors in Nevada hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Medical malpractice, also referred to as medical negligence, occurs when a hospital, doctor or other medical professional fails to provide the appropriate standard of medical care, causing personal injury or harm to a patient. According to medical standards, health care facilities and professionals owe patients a duty of care while performing acts that could potentially cause harm. To establish a valid medical malpractice claim through a personal injury attorney Las Vegas, a plaintiff must show that a medical facility or professional failed to provide the standard duty of care and as a result the patient suffered injury or death.
Medical malpractice cases are often complex and difficult to prove. At Blackburn Wirth, our team of personal injury attorneys has years of experience representing patients who have suffered injuries or the death of a loved one due to medical errors and negligence. We can provide legal representation that will help you win your medical malpractice case and emotional support for your pain and suffering. We never charge you a fee, unless you receive compensation for your injuries.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
- Diagnostic Errors – Improper or delayed diagnosis is the most common type of medical error. Diagnostic errors commonly lead to health complications, serious injuries, disability and death. They account for up to 160,000 permanent disabilities and up to 20 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits in the U.S.
- Medication Errors – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medication errors injure over one million people each year in the U.S. Among the most frequent medication errors reported to a personal injury attorney Las Vegas are mislabeled medications; improper dosages; adverse drug interactions; and missed or omitted medications that should have been given but were not.
- Surgical Errors – According to Johns Hopkins medical research studies, surgical errors include leaving surgical instruments inside a patient, performing the wrong procedure, performing surgery on a wrong body part, and performing surgery on the wrong patient. These surgical errors, often referred to as “never events,” are designated as surgical errors that should have never occurred. They reportedly occur at least 4,000 times each year in the U.S.
- Hospital Errors –Hospitals and other medical facilities in Nevada have a legal obligation to provide a duty of care to patients. The failure to do so can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit through a personal injury attorney Las Vegas. Common types of hospital malpractice include failure to hire adequately trained doctors, nurses, or staff; communication errors between hospital staff; failure to monitor a patient; surgical errors; and emergency room errors.
- Obstetrical Errors – If an obstetrician, physician or midwife fails to provide a standard duty of care to a pregnant woman, failure of care can result in serious injuries or death to both the mother and the baby. Obstetrical negligence can result in wound infections, birth defects, stillbirth, cerebral palsy, and fertility loss.
- Lack of Informed Consent – Doctors are required to get a patient’s consent for medical treatment and procedures prior to giving treatment or performing any procedure. They are also required to inform patients of all associated risks with treatments and procedures. If a doctor fails to get prior consent or provide adequate information, he/she may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice cases are complex, especially if a patient is treated by multiple healthcare providers or more than one physician, and there is more than one cause of injury. Medical error alone is not always sufficient to support a Nevada medical malpractice claim through a personal injury attorney Las Vegas. To prove medical malpractice, a patient must prove:
- He/She was owed a legal duty of care
- The medical provider did not comply with accepted standards of medical care
- The medical provider’s deviation from accepted standards of medical care caused the patient’s injuries
In Nevada, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim is one year. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Blackburn Wirth will guide you through the process, help you understand your rights, and get you fair compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today for a free consultation.