It is the duty of a patient to follow all reasonable and proper advice and instructions given him by his doctor regarding the patient’s care, activities and treatment.

A doctor is not liable for any injury resulting solely from the negligent failure of the patient to follow such advice and instructions.

However, if the negligence [or gross negligence] of the doctor is [proximate] [legal] cause of injury to the patient, the contributory negligence of the patient, if any, in not following such advice and instructions, does not bar recovery by him against the doctor unless such contributory negligence was greater than the negligence [or gross negligence] of the doctor; but the total amount to which the patient would otherwise be entitled shall be reduced in proportion to the negligence attributable to the patient.

NEV. J.I. 6.22

BAJI 6.28

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