Doctors and medical professionals hold very important positions.
We look to them when we need routine care and through emergencies. Medical professionals have years of experience when they take us as their patients, and we expect them to practice in a professional manner. While doctors and their support staff are usually exercising great care and proficiency with their patients, there have been many instances where medical professionals are known to have acted in a careless or negligent manner. These cases of medical malpractice can result in devastating consequences for the victims, who assumed they are receiving the proper level of medical care. As Las Vegas medical malpractice attorneys with years of experience, Paul Padda Law knows how difficult this can be for you and your entire family. Our skilled and compassionate team of Las Vegas personal injury lawyers understand how to investigate medical negligence and are well-regarded for our client care and ability to obtain results that other attorneys often overlook.
Contact us if you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional who you trusted during a time of need. To speak with a skilled and compassionate attorney, call Paul Padda Law at (702) 366-1888 or submit the details of your medical injury online. We offer free, initial consultations and there will be no upfront costs associated with your case. We only get paid when you secure compensation.
Medical Malpractice And The Elements Of A Claim
Malpractice is defined as when a professional fails to competently perform their duties. A doctor or medical professional can be liable for medical malpractice when they fail to take necessary steps to provide you with the medical care that you reasonably should expect in your situation. There are many factors involved in these cases, such as your current medical well-being, and whether your care can be defined as emergency treatment. Furthermore, it’s not just MDs who owe you a certain level of medical professionalism. You can be the victim of medical malpractice due to the negligence of nurses, dentists, and technicians.
Medical malpractice law is very similar to other types of personal injury, but here the negligence is defined within the scope of the medical profession. These cases are always hard-fought, and very technical, but the elements that your medical malpractice lawsuit must prove to obtain compensation are:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed – It must be clear that you hired the other party to be your medical professional, and that their impact on you was within this relationship. For example, you cannot sue a doctor if you overheard them giving bad medical advice to someone else.
- The doctor acted negligently – Negligent care is that which cannot be considered “reasonably skillful and careful.” This must show a lack of competence that is certainly not normal given the circumstances.
- The negligence caused your injury – You cannot win damages if your injuries are shown to have existed before the negligent medical care took place. Instead, your injuries must be directly tied to the careless medical professional’s actions.
- Your injuries resulted in specific damages – Your harm must be clearly shown. This can be done by showing the physical pain you suffered, along with your medical bills to fix the error, and even your lost wages due to the time you missed from work.
According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins Hospital, more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. This makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.
Types Of Medical Malpractice And Cases That We Have Seen
Every doctor-patient consultation and relationship is different, and there are almost countless ways in which your medical treatment can proceed. Many times, errors occur when a doctor or other medical professional begins a surgery or treatment process, but fails to take reasonable care or simply acts in a reckless manner. However, this is not the only way in which you can be the victim of malpractice. Skilled Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyers understand that you can also be badly injured by actions that your doctor didn’t take. Many of the malpractice cases that we have seen happened because a doctor failed to diagnose an ailment that absolutely should have been noticed and addressed. Furthermore, your medical professional could be liable for malpractice if they failed to properly warn you of well-known risks that you were taking when you elected to go through with their medical advice.
Paul Padda and our medical malpractice law firm have worked with many victims, and some of the most common cases that we have seen include:
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A Lawyer Can Help You With Every Part Of The Malpractice Process
It’s very understandable for anyone to be overwhelmed and confused after falling victim to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice cases are also stressful for doctors and hospitals, and they may be giving you the cold shoulder as they wait to see your next move. Seeking out a skilled malpractice lawyer can help you in many ways. Our firm not only understands how to take your case, but we know what you’re going through during this difficult time. We can help you understand your rights, and find any new medical professionals that might be able to help you without delay.
After taking part in our medical malpractice lawyers free consultation, we will be able to advise you on your options and next steps. If a malpractice claim is right for you, our team will begin the process as required by Nevada law. This requires that all medical malpractice suits be filed with an “affidavit of merit” in which we have a medical professional testifying to the legitimacy of your claim. In our affidavit, our medical professional witness will layout the following for your claim:
- Support for the allegations that we are making against the negligent professional.
- A list identifying every healthcare provider who we are alleging committed malpractice.
- A simple explanation of the wrongful acts that we believe occurred.
A strong case may allow you to recover compensation without having to go to trial. Paul Padda Law has decades of comprehensive experience negotiating with insurance companies for our clients. Medical malpractice cases are highly technical, and the insurance companies for the doctors and hospitals will aggressively fight to reduce their liability to pay you anything. For this reason, it is important to have legal counsel that has successfully handled many medical malpractice cases. The malpractice lawyers at Paul Padda Law know how to determine your case’s value, and the insurance companies know that we are willing to go to court if they do not offer you an amount that will meet your needs.
Medical Malpractice Statute Of Limitations And Damage Caps Can Affect Your Case
It’s important to call your attorney without delay if you feel as though you were injured due to medical malpractice. Your condition can rapidly deteriorate if you do not act fast. However, you must also be aware of the medical malpractice statute of limitations in Nevada. This law prohibits lawsuits for negligence that occurred long in the past. Your malpractice attorney can help you understand how the complex statute of limitations will affect your case. However, some important time frames to know would include:
- One year – Under Nevada law, medical malpractice claims must generally be brought within one year of the date of the alleged malpractice event.
Your harm and pain can be extensive as the victim of medical malpractice. You will have to act without delay in consulting with your attorney. In addition to our state’s statute of limitations law, your case can be affected by certain damage caps that are in place for medical malpractice. Non-economic damages are those which apply to injuries that are not easily calculated, such as emotional distress or pain and suffering. These damages are capped at $350,000 for your malpractice case. However, there is no cap for specific economic damages sustained, such as medical bills and lost wages. Our attorneys know how to investigate every detail of your case so that you can recover all the damages which you have suffered. However, this can be a complex process, contact Paul Padda Law as soon as possible.
A Skilled Lawyer Can Make Sure That You Get The Compensation You Deserve
Medical malpractice lawsuits should always be handled by lawyers with significant experience in this area.
Hospitals can be very difficult and aggressive when facing a lawsuit, and your case will involve many highly technical details. In addition to needing a skilled malpractice lawyer, your legal team must have a successful record at trial. Hospitals and insurance companies know that Paul Padda Law is a fierce opponent. Therefore, they are often willing to work with our clients, instead of risking a long and expensive trial. When we review your case, our priority is to put ourselves in your position and understand what you’re going through. This allows for us to identify all of the damages that you have sustained or will sustain as a result of your injury.
Of the many things for which we can help you seek compensation, some include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Training for need career needs
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Equipment needed to perform daily tasks after your injury
- Pain and emotional distress
- Scars and disfigurement
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of inheritance
Contact Paul Padda Law After Suffering From Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals help us every day, and they usually perform their jobs with great care.
However, there are unfortunately many cases where doctors and their staff act recklessly, and it is the patients that suffer from medical negligence. Medical malpractice law does is not meant to sue doctors for every complication, but rather to hold accountable those who failed to take reasonable steps to perform their duties as is expected. Reckless medical staff can inflict horrible harm on you, and their actions can turn your life upside down.
It’s important to call a skilled Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney if you feel as though you were the victim of medical negligence. The team at Paul Padda Law has helped many people in your position. We will discuss your case in a free consultation, and inform you of your options going forward. With the help of our skilled staff, and expert witnesses, we can work to recover the compensation that you deserve. These cases can become very complex, and given Nevada’s statute of limitations, we encourage you to call us immediately.
Our attention to detail and level of client-care has allowed for us to secure damages that many other attorneys would have left behind. To speak with a skilled attorney today, call us at (702) 366-1888 or via our online form.