Miami Medical Tubing Error Attorney
If you’ve been injured by a medical device, call this Miami Medical Tubing Error Lawyer today. Medical tubing is a kind of medical device used by doctors to send liquids to certain parts of their patients’ bodies. Types of medical tubing are:
- intravenous (IV) lines
- respiratory equipment
- feeding tubes.
Medical tubing can be extremely helpful in medical treatment. However, it can also be extremely dangerous. For example, if a doctor uses the wrong type of medical tubing, catastrophic results can occur. If a doctor attempts to deliver liquids through a catheter when an IV line should really be used, for instance, a patient can be injured and can become really sick.
Another example is if an IV line is accidentally used instead of a feeding tube. In that case, food might be accidentally sent into the bloodstream rather than into the stomach (where a feeding tube would send it). If food is sent into the bloodstream, then catastrophic results can ensue. For example, dangerous blood clots can form which can even cause death.
Food may be delivered to the peritoneal cavity if a catheter is used rather than a feeding tube. If that occurs, peritonitis may result. Peritonis is defined as inflammation of the peritoneum, which is the inner lining of the abdomen. The peritoneum also covers the abdominal organs. Symptoms of peritonis may include:
- severe pain
- swelling of the abdomen
- weight loss
- abdominal tenderness
Shock is defined as the state of low blood levels to bodily tissue, resulting in damage to those tissues. Symptoms of shock include:
- low blood pressure
- rapid heart rate
- low urine output
- loss of consciousness
- weak pulses
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is defined as respiratory failure with widespread inflammation of the lungs. Symptoms of acute respiratory distress syndrome include:
- shortness of breath
- rapid breathing
- bluish skin coloration
If an IV is used instead of medical tubing intended for blood pressure, then catastrophic injuries can also result. After all, if air makes its way into the blood stream through the IV, then embolisms may develop. An embolism is defined as a blockage inside of a blood vessel. The blockage can be in the form of a blood clot, a solid object or a gas/air bubble. An embolism is extremely dangerous because it may block/reduce the blood flow to a certain part of the body.
If this part of the body is the brain, then an embolism can result in severe brain damage.
If medication is delivered through a respiratory tube, then suffocation may result. If this occurred to your loved one, then you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice wrongful death case on your loved one’s behalf. In this case, an estate will most likely have to be setup, a relative or family member will most likely be appointed as the personal representative of the estate (“PR”), and the proceeds from the case will go to the deceased’s person’s survivors (i.e., the “beneficiaries of the estate”).
In a medical malpractice case, only certain people can receive proceeds from the case. These include spouses and children under 25-years-old.
If you or a loved one has been injured or passed away as a result of a medical tubing mistake anyplace in Florida (including West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Fort Lauderdale), contact Mr. Quackenbush at 786-294-7711 to talk about your case at no charge to you. This Miami Medical Tubing Error Law Firm can help you to get the compensation you deserve.Client Compensation is the Chief Goal of this Fort Lauderdale Medical Tubing Error Lawyer
Medical tubing mistakes can result in:
- organ infection
- adult respiratory distress syndrome
- heart complications
- brain damage
Medical tubing negligence may result from medical staff who are overworked and too busy. For example, nurses in hospitals frequently have too many patients at once. As such, it is easy for a nurse to accidentally use the wrong type of medical tubing and cause patient injuries.
Nurses who work in hospitals are typically employees of the hospital where they work. Therefore, if a nurse caused your medical tubing mistake, then you will likely be able to pursue a case against the hospital where you were injured.
If the hospital where you were hurt was a government hospital, then your case will be known as one of “sovereign immunity.” Unfortunately, a sovereign immunity case carries with it all sorts of restrictions and caps. For example, if you are suing the hospital where you were hurt, you will typically only be able to recover up to $200,000 in compensation. The exception to this is if you are able to successfully pass a “claims bill” in the state legislature in Tallahassee allowing you to recover more.
Additionally, there are all sorts of time restrictions on when you can file a sovereign immunity case, so contact Mr. Quackenbush ASAP to discuss your case.This South Florida Medical Tubing Mistake Attorney/Lawyer Advises Clients in their Darkest Hours
The statute of limitations in a medical malpractice case is two-years from the date of the medical negligence or from the date you knew or should have known of the malpractice. That is, after malpractice is committed, the patient may not always know of it until later. In that case, it would not be fair to start the clock ticking on the date of the malpractice. Therefore, the law says that the two-years statute of limitations won’t start until the patient knew or should have known of the malpractice.
Nevertheless, there is also a four-year statute of repose. This means that, in no case (i.e., no matter when you knew or should have known of the negligence) will you be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit after four years. The exception to this is if there was fraud or intentional deception committed by your doctor. For example, if your doctor intentionally attempted to cover up the fact that malpractice was committed, then the statute of repose will be extended to seven years.
Moreover, in no case will the statute of repose serve to bar a child from bringing a medical malpractice case before his or her eight birthday.Contact this Miami-Dade County Medical Tubing Negligence/Malpractice Law Firm
Should you or a loved one be injured due to medical negligence anywhere in Miami-Dade County (including Aventura, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, Florida City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-Locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Sunny Isles Beach), contact Mr. Quackenbush to discuss your case for free. He can be reached at 786-294-7711.