When a hospital or physician fails to give a patient a certain level of care exercised by others in the industry, a patient has a right to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or medical facility that harmed them. What many people do not realize though, is that the law states that the claim must be made within a certain timeframe.

The time limit a person has to file a Nevada Medical Malpractice claim is covered by a state law known as the Nevada Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations. In 2004, the Nevada Revised Statute 41A.097 was amended to state that an action must be filed within one year of the discovery of the malpractice, or one year from when it should have been discovered by a reasonable person.

The claim must also be accompanied by an affidavit from another doctor who practices in the same field that confirms the probability that the treatment received was below a certain standard of care. The statute of limitations begins when facts are presented to a person causing them to look into the matter further.