Attorney Steven Karen

Law Office of Steven J Karen   

702-382-9307  2810 West Charleston, Suite 82 Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

NOTABLE SETTLEMENTS 
$2.875 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH 
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$1.5  MILLION MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/ SPINAL INJURY
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$1 MILLION WRONGFUL DEAT

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE 1,  2

"JURY GIVES FAMILY 2.5 MILLION DOLLAR AWARD" Jan 28, 2009 Las Vegas Review Journal  1, 2

Specialist repeatedly fails to investigate the cause of 41 year old womans low iron anemia.   They never did a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy. That was medical malpractice and the cause of her untimely death.    
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A  41 year old woman died from metastatic colon cancer.     She sought medical attention from a gastroenterolgist, where she received numerous abnormal lab results indicating she had anemia and low iron anemia. .click here to read more

1.  These amounts are before the deduction of Attorney fees and expenses.

2.  This does not constitute a guarantee,warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your case.

3.  You may have to pay the opposing party's attorney fees and cost in the event of a loss.

COLON RECTAL SPECIALIST IGNORES POSITIVE FINDINGS OF POLYPS ON BARIUM ENEMA REPORT AND BRIGHT RED RECTAL BLEEDING; FAILS TO PERFORM TESTING TO DIAGNOSE COLON CANCER RESULTING IN DEATH.

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A 72 year old man went to see a board certified colon rectal specialist because he was bleeding bright red blood from his rectum and having trouble going to the bathroom. He was sent for a barium enema test which showed 2 filling defects (polyps).  The  report recommended correlation with sigmoidoscopy.  The barium enema findings were ignored by the specialist who never performed a sigmoidoscopy and did not send him for a colonoscopy.  Instead the specialist treated him for hemorrhoids for six months.  When the hemorrhoids stopped bothering him he stopped going for treatment.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer 5 years later when he returned to the same doctor with more bleeding.  He underwent resection surgery with complications and was forced to wear a colostomy bag for 2 years following surgery until the colon cancer finally killed him. The cancer could have been removed endoscopically without any surgery at all if the doctor had followed up with the recommendations of the barium report.

DOCTOR PERFORMS SPINAL SURGERY IN A RUSH THEN ABANDONS HIS PATIENT WITHOUT CHECKING ON HER.  HE FAILED TO ANSWER HIS PAGES FROM THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO HOURS.  MEANWHILE HE ALLOWED HER TO BLEED INTERNALLY IN THE RECOVERY ROOM.  THIS RESULTED IN HER PERMANENT PARALYSIS AND LOSS OF BLADDER AND BOWEL FUNCTION.  CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

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57 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH SEVERE SLEEP APNEA IS GIVEN AN IMPROPER PRESCRIPTION FOR PROMETHAZINE WITH CODEINE; KILLING HER IN HER SLEEP: CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

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SURGEON IMPROPERLY PLACES PEDICLE SCREW INTO THE NERVE OF 32 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND LEAVES IT THERE FOR 10 MONTHS CAUSING PERMANENT PARALYSIS IN BOTH LEGS: CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT


DENTAL MALPRACTICE; DENTIST EXTRACTS TOOTH USING IMPROPER EQUIPMENT BLOWS UP PATIENTS FACE WITH AIR RESULTING IN PERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE AND DEEP JUGULAR VEIN THROMBOSIS: CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

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SURGEON DOES UNNECESSARY EMERGENCY SURGERY ON A 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH A COMPLETELY NORMAL SPINE AND PARALYZES HER:​​

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I HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING ALL TYPES OF MEDICAL AND DENTAL MALPRACTICE CASES:  HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF REAL CASES THAT I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY HANDLED ON BEHALF OF MY CLIENTS.

FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE SEPSIS RESULTING IN DEATH

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A 36 YEAR OLD FEMALE TOURIST WENT TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM AND WAS TOLD SHE HAD THE FLU AND WAS RELEASED.  IN FACT SHE DID NOT HAVE THE FLU SHE HAD A SEVERE INFECTION (SEPSIS) THAT THEY FAILED TO DIAGNOSE.  TWO DAYS LATER SHE TRIED TO LEAVE TOWN BUT WAS TOO SICK.  SHE WAS BROUGHT TO THE SAME HOSPITAL WHERE THEY AGAIN FAILED TO TREAT HER PROPERLY.  SHE DIED TEN HOURS LATER.


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What is Medical Malpractice?

“Medical malpractice” means the failure of a physician, hospital or employee of a hospital, in rendering services, to use the reasonable care, skill or knowledge ordinarily used under similar circumstances.

What is a Medical Malpractice Claim?

A medical malpractice claim is a claim for money damages in which a patient (or if the patient has died,the patient’s heirs) sues because there was medical malpractice which caused very serious harm.Because of the laws set forth in NRS Chapter 41A which specify how a medical malpractice claim mustbe pursued, most lawyers are not willing to pursue a medical malpractice claim unless the patient wasvery seriously harmed.

What is not a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Doctors and hospitals routinely treat people with serious, even fatal medical problems. Even in the best hospitals there are small risks of death and other bad outcomes for any surgery, including minor surgery. The simple fact of a bad or unexpected outcome does not make a malpractice claim. A viable malpractice claim requires expert medical testimony that a specific negligent act of the doctor or hospital was the direct cause of the bad outcome and that the bad outcome would not have happened if the doctor or hospital had given the proper care. If a doctor or hospital makes a very serious error but the patient is not seriously hurt, there is not a viable malpractice claim. If the doctor or hospital makes a very serious error but the patient would have died (or suffered great damage) even with proper care, there is not a viable malpractice claim.

How does Nevada law require a Medical Malpractice Claim to be made?

A lawsuit for medical malpractice must be filed. To protect health care providers against being sued only because of a bad result (injury or death), the lawsuit must include an affidavit from a medical expert explaining why the bad result was caused by a serious mistake or omission by the health care provider and not as a natural and unavoidable result of the person's age or illness. The medical expert providing the affidavit must be in the same or substantially similar field as the health care provider being sued.However, in certain cases an affidavit is not required and there is a presumption – which the healthcare provider can dispute – that the bad result was caused by the fault of the health care provider. The special cases are these:(a) A foreign substance other than medication or a prosthetic device was unintentionally left within the body of a patient following surgery;(b) An explosion or fire originating in a substance used in treatment occurred in the course of treatment;(c) An unintended burn caused by heat, radiation or chemicals was suffered in the course of medical care;(d) An injury was suffered during the course of treatment to a part of the body not directly involved in the treatment or proximate thereto; or(e) A surgical procedure was performed on the wrong patient or the wrong organ, limb or part of a patient’s body.


What is the time limit for filing a Medical Malpractice Claim?

A lawsuit for medical malpractice must be filed “within one year of when the plaintiff discovers or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered the malpractice,” or within three years of the date of injury, whichever is earlier. There are only a few exceptions.What is the effect of these time limits?These time limits make it less attractive for attorneys to take medical malpractice cases. Usually, the patient or the patient’s heirs know the bad outcome right away, which means that suit arguably must be filed within one year of the date of the injury. It takes time and money to gather the medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert. A good attorney wants some time to review medical records before deciding whether to take a case, or wants to be able to decline the case while still allowing the client to have enough time to consult with another attorney. As a practical matter, a decision whether or not to seek to pursue a medical malpractice claim should be made immediately upon discovery of an injury and suspicion of medical malpractice.

What are some common Medical Malpractice Claims?

The failure to timely diagnose cancer is a common claim. If the cancer, such as pancreatic cancer, has very poor long-term survival rates regardless of when diagnosed, it is hard to make a claim for delay in diagnosis. Most successful delayed cancer diagnoses cases involve cancers such as melanomas or colon or breast cancers, which have very good survival rates if diagnosed early and very poor survival rates if diagnosed in later stages. The failure to diagnose fetal distress and order a C-section with resulting brain damage has been a frequently litigated area.What other areas of health care are covered by Nevada’s Medical Malpractice law?Claims against dentists are covered by substantially the same law as claims against doctors and hospitals and their employees.

What areas of health care are not covered by Nevada’s Medical Malpractice law?

In simple language, physicians have an M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degree.Professionals commonly called “doctor” who are not covered by the medical malpractice law include optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, etc. Nursing homes are not hospitals and are not covered.

How do I find an attorney with experience in Medical Malpractice matters?

You can contact the State Bar of Nevada’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 702-382-0504(toll-free in Nevada at 1-800-789-5747) or look in the yellow pages of your telephone directory. You can also ask friends and/or relatives if they can recommend a good lawyer. The state bar’s main office (see numbers listed below) can tell you whether or not an attorney is licensed in Nevada and in good standing.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS This brochure is written and distributed for informational and public service purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.



Written by:Jonathan Reed, Esq., Reed & Mansfield - Las Vegas Las Vegas Office 600 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104Ph: 702-382-2200 or toll-free 1-800-254-2797Fax: 702-385-2878 or toll-free 1-888-660-6767Reno Office9456 Double R Blvd., Suite B, Reno, NV 89521Ph: 775-329-4100 Fax: 775-329-0522www.nvbar.org

This brochure is a publication of the State Bar of Nevada Publications Committee Contact: Christina Albertschristinaa@nvbar.org.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

I am a member of the State Bar of Nevada Lawyer referral information service; Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Experience Panel.  The bar maintains a panel of lawyers experienced in medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. (LRIS).  The Nevada State Bar has published the following information regarding Malpractice Claims..