West Palm Beach Anesthesia Error Attorney
If you are hurt due to medical malpractice, contact this West Palm Beach Anesthesia Error/Mistake Lawyer. Anesthesia is a drug that causes you to feel no pain (or at least less pain). It is something that is typically administered by doctors during a surgery, operation or other procedure. Anesthesia is typically administered by an anesthesiologist.
Anesthesia typically comes in the form of either “local” or “general” anesthesia. Local anesthesia typically is administered by injection, and it causes the patient to feel less pain or sensation at the site of the injection.
General anesthesia, on the other hand, causes the loss of consciousness of the patient. It is said that the patient is “put under” so that he or she isn’t awake/conscious during the procedure. General anesthesia is also typically induced by injection.
If too much anesthesia is administered, catastrophic results can occur. For example, patients who are given too much anesthesia might wind up in comas or vegetative states. Still others may pass away.
If your loved one has passed away as a result of anesthesia, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death case on your loved one’s behalf. In this medical malpractice wrongful death case, you or another family member/relative will typically be appointed as the “personal representative” (PR) of the estate and will act as the technical “plaintiff” and carry the case forward on your loved one’s behalf. When the case settles or goes to verdict and a judgment is obtained, your loved one’s survivors/the beneficiaries of the estate will receive the proceeds.
In a medical malpractice case, there are certain restrictions on who can be a survivor/beneficiary of the case. It is best to contact Mr. Quackenbush to talk about these limitations.
Some patients who have “OD’ed” on anesthesia have memory problems following the incident. Their memory may never come back, or it may come back only slowly
Patients can also experience allergic reactions as a result of anesthesia. That is, some people are allergic to anesthesia. An anesthesiologist has the responsibility to check to see if his or her patients are allergic to anesthesia before the administration of the drug. If the anesthesiologist doesn’t do this and an allergic reaction occurs as a result, then the anesthesiologist will be responsible for the consequences.
Additionally, anesthesia can have dangerous drug interactions. That is, if a patient is already on certain medications/drugs, the anesthesiologist should check to make sure that those medications/drugs don’t have bad interactions with anesthesia. Certain drugs don’t “mix.” If the anesthesiologist administers anesthesia to a patient who is already on a medication/drug that has a dangerous interaction with anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will be responsible for any negative consequences.
There exist various types of anesthesia drugs. If an anesthesiologist knows that a patient cannot take one type of anesthesia drug for whatever reason (such as a dangerous drug interaction), then the anesthesiologist should use another type of anesthesia. If he or she doesn’t do this, then again he or she will be responsible for whatever consequences result.
An anesthesiologist is also responsible for properly monitoring the vitals his or her patients during a surgery. For example, the anesthesiologist is supposed to constantly check the heartrate and blood-oxygen levels of his or her patients during a procedure. For example, if the anesthesiologist doesn’t do this and the patient’s blood-oxygen level dips as a result, then the patient can experience a hypoxic brain injury as a result – and the anesthesiologist will be responsible.
To make sure that a patient’s blood-oxygen levels remain normal during an operation, an anesthesiologist will typically “intubate” their patients. During intubation, the doctor will place a plastic tube down the patient’s “windpipe” in order to allow the patient to properly breathe and get oxygen.
Nevertheless, intubation mistakes and errors occur all of the time. If the intubation isn’t properly done, then the patient may not get enough oxygen and an anoxic brain injury/brain damage can occur.
Oftentimes, anesthesiologists decide to not intubate patients even though they should. If this occurs and a patient is injured as a result, then the anesthesiologist will be liable.
Improper intubation can also cause injuries to a patient’s windpipe, throat, esophagus, and mouth.
Intubation errors can also happen at injection sites. If this occurs, then an anesthesiologist can cause serious injuries to his or patient’s skin.
An infection can also result at an infection site if an anesthesiologist administers the drug in an unsanitary environment, with unclean hands, using dirty tools, etc.
Sometimes anesthesia can be allowed to last too long. The process of anesthesia is supposed to be temporary. However, if it lasts too long, the patient may wind up in a coma or vegetative state – and again the anesthesiologist will be responsible.
Should you be hurt due to an anesthesia error happening anyplace in Florida (including Miami-Dade County, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County), contact Mr. Quackenbush at 786-294-7711 today to talk about your case at no charge.Input From This Miami Anesthesia Error/Mistake Lawyer
An anesthesia error/mistake can cause several different types of injuries - including nerve damage, brain injury, a tracheal injury, vein and artery damage, paralysis and coma.
Another negative consequence of anesthesia is “Anesthesia awareness.” This condition results when not enough anesthesia is used. In this situation, the patient may be left conscious. Although not able to move or speak, the patient may be aware of what is going on around him or her. This can be horrifying for the patient and can cause long term psychological consequences.
If you have been hurt due to anesthesia in the State of Florida, you will have two years to bring your case. This is because the statute of limitations in a medical malpractice case in Florida is two years from the date of the malpractice or from the date that you knew or should have known of the malpractice.Strong Advocacy Offered by This Palm Beach County Anesthesiologist Negligence Law Firm
In a medical malpractice case, it is necessary to hire another doctor as an expert witness to sign an affidavit saying that malpractice was committed. In fact, this is required in order to go forward with a case.
So, if you’ve been hurt to anesthesia in the State of Florida, Mr. Quackenbush will likely hire another anesthesiologist to review your medical records and determine if medical negligence was committed. If the doctor feels that there was in fact malpractice committed, then he or she will sign an affidavit to that effect. This affidavit typically will state that the anesthesiologist who committed malpractice didn’t live up to the “standard of care” of a reasonable anesthesiologist (that is, that he or she didn’t treat you as another reasonable anesthesiologist would).Contact This South Florida Anesthesia Malpractice Attorney/Lawyer at 786-294-7711
Should you have been hurt due to anesthesia error happening anyplace in West Palm Beach (including Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Lantana, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington), contact Mr. Quackenbush at 786-294-7711 to speak about your case for free.