You should speak with a medical malpractice attorney. Chances are very good that the hospital will not share much information with you. Given the 1 year statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Nevada, you should act quickly.
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I'm sorry for your loss. The best thing you can do right now is to contact a local wrongful death attorney because they would be much more successful in conducting any kind of investigation that you will be on your own.
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That is a terrible story and my heart goes out to your family. You will not get any cooperation from the hospital and you need to retain a medical malpractice attorney immediately. As someone else noted, Nevada has only a 1-year statute of limitations and at best 10 of those 12 months remain. There is a lot of investigation and other work to be done in those 10 months. If you haven't filed a lawsuit within that year, the case is literally over. Feel free to contact our office if you would like to discuss the options, and challenges, in detail.
If your sister was married, usually the next of kin, needs to be the point person in starting the investigation with a experienced malpractice attorney. You didn't give us her age, but if your sister was married or has children, help them by having someone look into what happened. I am sorry for your loss, and hope you are able to get some answers as to what happened. Nevada has some tough laws regarding malpractice cases. I wish you the best of luck.
You or your attorney will get the medical records and then will review the facts, probably with a medical expert, to determine if there is a case that can/should be prosecuted.
Have one of the above malpractice lawyers order her medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
Actually, if your sister was a citizen/resident of Colorado and was in a Colorado hospital, and all of the doctors who treated her while admitted were from Colorado, t and given that the acts of alleged malpractice occurred in that State, hen any medical malpractice/wrongful death action would likely have to be brought in Colorado because the State of Nevada would not have personal jurisdiction over the hospital/doctors. It is believed that Colorado has a 2 year statute of limitations (time period for the bringing of a lawsuit) for wrongful death claims, although this could be confirmed by a CO attorney. You should immediately file for Letters of Administration for the Estate of your sister (again, if she was a CO resident, and her assets are in that State, that is where I think you should go to do that). Once Letters are issued to you or your mother, you will have the authority to demand her hosptial recordsunder HIPAA. Good luck.
If you are serious, you would begin by buying the medical records to provide them to a medical malpractice attorney in the county (or state) where the hospital care was provided.
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