Legal Help for Victims of Anesthesia Injuries and Complications
Anesthesia errors are a form of medical negligence when a patient suffers injury or harm because of mistakes in administering anesthesia. Anesthesiologists, doctors, and even nurses may be responsible for administering different types of anesthesia. Monitoring the patient during the procedure and making sure the patient responds well to the drugs immediately after surgery is important.
When medical professionals make mistakes with anesthesia, the results could be catastrophic or even fatal. The Jacksonville anesthesia error attorneys at Farah & Farah can help injured victims of medical negligence pursue fair compensation for their losses. Call us to find out how we can help you. Learn more about surgery errors and injuries
Understanding How Anesthesia Works
Anesthesia refers to a procedure that puts patients in a temporary, medically-induced unconsciousness state. People under anesthesia don’t feel pain. Anesthesia is often used during surgery to relieve patients of the stress, anxiety, and pain. There are several types of anesthesia. General anesthesia is when a patient is rendered completely unconscious or “put to sleep.” Spinal or epidural anesthesia is administered through injection near the spinal cord. Local anesthesia is used to numb a specific body part such as a tooth. Regional anesthesia numbs larger areas of the body such as an entire arm or leg.
Common Causes of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors can happen during the pre-operative preparation, in the operating room, or even within the confines of the recovery room. The mistakes made by anesthesiologists typically involve errors in judgment or a failure to notice potential issues. Anesthesia medical malpractice cases often involve:
- The administration of the wrong amount of anesthesia because of a failure to adequately assess a patient’s medical history
- Failure to properly intubate resulting in issues with breathing
- Failure to properly educate the patient regarding food and alcohol restrictions before the procedure
- An overdose or insufficient dosage of anesthesia
- Delayed delivery of anesthesia
- Negligence regarding the necessity to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Defective equipment that may lead to incorrect dosage
- Complications from drug interactions
- Failure to avoid allergic reactions
- Inexperience or incompetence on the part of the anesthesiologist
When any of these mistakes are made, a patient can suffer serious harm. Anesthesia errors have led to strokes, heart attacks, collapsed lungs, brain injury, and even death. Anesthesia errors can lead to asphyxia, birth defects, coma, cardiovascular injury, brain aneurysm, loss of body function, and memory loss.
Jacksonville Anesthesia Error Lawyers Pursuing Compensation for Anesthesia Injuries
To pursue compensation for injuries, the patient or their family will have to prove that the at-fault medical professional acted in a negligent manner that directly resulted in actual harm. In such cases, an expert witness is often needed to prove that the anesthesiologist acted in a manner that was outside reasonable behavior. The expert witness can also tell how the injury or harm suffered by the patient could have been prevented.
A medical malpractice claim can result in payment for the resulting medical bills as well as for long term care, mental impairment, diminished future earning capacity, loss of wages, and permanent disability. The Jacksonville FL medical malpractice lawyers at Farah & Farah can help you get the compensation your rightfully deserve.
Call us at 855-797-9899 for more information about pursuing your legal rights.