Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Errors

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Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice

When someone seeks medical treatment for a health condition or injury they do so with the expectation that the medical professionals providing their treatment will do so with the utmost care to ensure that additional injuries are not suffered. Whether it is full blown invasive surgery or a more simple procedure, the use of anesthesia is common to help the treatment process go smoothly. Depending on the situation, patients may need anesthesia to ensure that they don’t feel the incredible pain that comes with certain procedures. The administration of anesthesia to patients is a very delicate and complex task that requires the utmost level of knowledge and professionalism gathered from years of schooling and experience. While many people that have anesthesia administered to them have the whole process go smoothly, there are some instances where miscalculations, a failure to check medical history, and negligence in general lead to the administration of anesthesia to cause severe injuries to the patient.

Anesthesia Injury Medical Malpractice Claims

Injuries caused by anesthesia errors have the potential to cause significant damages to patients. These damages can seriously affect the lives of those who have suffered as a result of medical error. Patients injured by anesthesia errors may be able to recoup the damages that they suffered as a result of their injuries. Filing a medical malpractice claim can not only get you the compensation you need to cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages but can also help ensure that those responsible for your injuries are held accountable. Dolman Law Group is a law firm that provides specialized and experienced legal representation to those that have suffered injuries caused by medical errors. Allow us to help you in this trying time while you recover from your injuries. To schedule a free consultation with Dolman Law Group call (727) 451-6900 or fill out one of our online contact forms.

What is Anesthesia Error Malpractice?

The practice of administering anesthesia to patients before they go into surgery is a remarkably complex one. Every single patient is different and therefore requires different dosages, types of dosages, and mixtures of different drugs to be effectively put under and remain anesthetized effectively for the entirety of a surgery. Sometimes this is not done correctly because some members of the medical staff like the anesthesiologist, may end up being negligent in their duties resulting in an injurious error of some kind. Anesthesia errors are not always considered medical malpractice and compensable. In order for an anesthesia injury to be considered medical malpractice, it must satisfy several criteria, chief among them is a violation of the standard of care. The standard of care is the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice.
In the context of anesthesia, the standard of care is the level of professional care that is expected of a medical treatment provider. This is determined via comparison to other medical treatment providers in the same field. For example, if an anesthesiologist makes a medical error when administering anesthesia to a patient and it is found that the mistake was made because the anesthesiologist neglected to do something other anesthesiologists would do, then they would likely be considered guilty of medical malpractice. It is also important that the negligence on the part of the anesthesiologist also be directly related to the injury the patient suffered.

How do Anesthesia Injuries Occur?

Drugs are essential to the practice of medicine yet they also hold the potential to cause great harm. In anesthesiology, the use of drugs to render a patient numb and/or unconscious can cause injuries in a number of ways.
  • The dosage of the anesthesia could be too little and a patient can regain consciousness during surgery.
  • The dosage of anesthesia could be too strong and cause respiratory or neural injuries to patients.
  • Patients could have a negative reaction to anesthesia because of an allergy.
  • The type of anesthesia used could have a negative reaction to other drugs in a patient’s system and cause a wide array of health issues like clotting, hear issues, excessive bleeding, etc.
  • A patient can be given the wrong anesthesia altogether and suffer complications.
  • The timing of anesthesia administered to the patient can be incorrect and lead to a patient being rendered unconscious too early or too late so that they regain consciousness during surgery.
  • Something can go wrong during the monitoring of anesthesia and the patient’s state during surgery. This could be because of faulty equipment or an anesthesiologist’s error when it comes to altering the dosage as needed during surgery.
  • The patient may not have had the proper instructions given to them by their physician when it comes to not eating or drinking within a certain time of being given anesthesia.

Common Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Medical Malpractice

  • Heart attack
  • Hypoxia
  • Tooth damage due to the placing of the breathing tube (intubation) during the operation
  • Sore throat and/or damage to the larynx
  • Allergic reaction from the anesthesia (known as anaphylaxis)
  • Respiratory issues
  • Pneumonia
  • Birth defects with pregnant mothers
  • Stroke
  • Nerve Damage
  • Post-operative pain
  • Blood clotting
  • Death
  • Anesthesia awareness (the person regains consciousness during the operation).

Seek an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured because of the neglect of a healthcare provider, then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about receiving a free consultation on your claim. Our skilled lawyers have the expertise you will need to secure the settlement that you deserve. Allow Dolman Law Group to assist you in holding those liable for your injuries responsible while you recuperate.
Dolman Law Group is an experienced personal injury firm representing the Clearwater–Tampa–St Pete area, and all of Florida. We specialize in medical malpractice suits with a focus on helping clients to recover and rebuild. If you or someone you love has suffered due to an anesthesia error, contact us for a free consultation. One of our skilled malpractice attorneys will perform a free case evaluation to see to it that you get the justice you deserve. Call today at (727) 451-6900 or contact us here.
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