The Devastating Effects of Anesthesia Errors & Malpractice
How Common is Anesthesia Malpractice in the U.S.?
When a patient needs to undergo major surgery, it may be necessary to “put them under.” In order to do so, the doctor will typically administer anesthesia, which alleviates pain by inducing an unconscious or semi-conscious state. Although this procedure is fairly commonplace, there is always a possibility that an inadequately trained or careless anesthesiologist will make a mistake. In fact, current statistics show that 1 in every 200,000 to 300,000 patients dies from anesthesia malpractice. Since complications can occur under a variety of different circumstances, however, it is important to understand when a medical professional would and wouldn’t be responsible for compensating the victim.
Anesthesia-related errors can lead to a number of devastating consequences such as:
Fortunately, victims are afforded the opportunity to seek compensation for the harm that they have suffered if their injuries were caused by a preventable medical error. If you think that you are entitled to damages, our Tampa medical malpractice attorneys from The Florida Law Group can help you pursue justice.
Determining Liability for Anesthesia Complications
During our more than 100 years of combined experience, our firm has handled all kinds of personal injury law cases, including those involving medical malpractice. To determine liability, one must understand what “duty of care” the doctor owed their patient. This is a legal responsibility that all medical professionals must uphold, as they are expected to provide their patients with a level of care that meets accepted professional standards.
When it comes to anesthesia malpractice, you may have grounds to pursue damages if a physician, surgeon or nurse engaged in any of the following behaviors, and subsequently caused you harm:
- Administering the wrong dose of anesthesia
- Delaying the delivery of anesthesia
- Failing to intubate the patient properly
- Failing to supervise the patient during surgery
- Failing to react to anesthesia complications
- Turning off the pulse oximeter alarm
- Dangerously prolonging sedation
- Using defective or faulty equipment
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Our firm is proud to have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Regardless of the complex nature of your anesthesia matter, we have the skill and insight required to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. We truly care about the injured victims we represent.
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