Contact Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer if you have been injured because of an anesthesia error. Our Miami medical malpractice lawyers will help you fight for the money you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call our law firm for help today.
Anesthesia is commonly used medical procedures across the country every day. Without it, surgeons wouldn’t be able to perform operations and help their patients. Even though anesthesia is widely used, it’s very dangerous. It has to be administered by someone who knows what they’re doing and monitored closely.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Thousands of Americans suffer anesthesia-related injuries every year. These injuries can be debilitating, painful, and even fatal. Most anesthesia mistakes are avoidable. Injured patients can file a lawsuit to hold negligent healthcare providers responsible for the harm they’ve caused.
Do I Need An Attorney After Suffering an Anesthesia Error?
Anesthesia errors can cause permanent and life-changing injuries. Negligent anesthesiologists should be held fully accountable for their actions. By filing a medical malpractice claim, you can be compensated for the pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure.
You always have the option of filing a medical malpractice claim on your own. However, these types of cases are notoriously difficult to win. Insurance companies and hospitals will do everything in their power to keep you from getting the money you deserve. When you hire an attorney, you level the playing field and increase the odds of getting a fair settlement or award.
The lawyers at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer have the experience, resources, and skills necessary to get you the money you deserve. When you trust us to handle your anesthesia error case, we will:
- Carefully investigate the circumstances under which you were injured
- Review your medical history and records
- Interview anesthesiologists, doctors, and medical staff present at the time of injury
- Determine the cause of your anesthesia injury
- Identify all potentially-liable parties
- Consult with medical experts to determine the value of your anesthesia error case, and
- Negotiate a fair settlement with insurers, hospitals, and/or medical professionals.
Most medical malpractice cases settle privately. However, we will not hesitate to litigate your case in front of a judge or jury if you aren’t satisfied with the settlement offers you’ve received. Our goal is to make sure that get every penny you need as you recover from your anesthesia injury.
Common Anesthesia Error Injuries
Anesthesia can be perfectly safe. As long as it’s administered and monitored by a certified and experienced anesthesiologist, the risks are relatively small. Unfortunately, anesthesia mistakes and errors do happen. Every year, hundreds of thousands patients suffer injuries because of an anesthesia error. These injuries can be devastating and, in some cases, fatal. Common anesthesia error injuries include:
- Cardiopulmonary arrest
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Dental damage
- Heart attack
- Internal bleeding, and
Anesthesia injuries must be caught early before they have a chance to progress. Failing to identify an anesthesia-related injury can cause even further harm.
What Causes Anesthesia Errors?
Anesthesia injuries happen every day. Sometimes they’re unavoidable if a patient has an unknown allergy to the anesthetic. Other times, a patient may not be strong and healthy enough to handle the dose they receive. Things become more complicated when a healthy patient begins to experience complications for no known reason. At this point in time, it’s important to consider whether or not there’s been negligence in the administration or monitoring of the anesthesia.
Anesthesia errors that can cause injuries include:
- Administering too much of the anesthetic, causing an overdose
- Not administering enough of the anesthetic
- Administering the wrong anesthetic
- Incorrect placement of the anesthesia
- Failing to monitor the patient while under anesthesia, and
- Failing to identify hazardous interactions with other medications.
Anesthesia has a powerful effect on the body. A patient’s breathing, heart rate, and oxygen levels must be monitored constantly while they are under anesthesia. Many anesthesia errors involve the failure to monitor a patient’s vitals properly.
What is Anesthesia Awareness?
When administered properly, anesthesia blocks pain and limits a patient’s consciousness. Surgeons can perform invasive procedures without having to worry about a patient’s pain level or reactions. Sometimes patients do not receive enough anesthesia to keep them asleep for their entire surgery.
Anesthesia awareness occurs when a patient wakes up in the middle of a procedure. When this happens, a patient may begin to panic when they see the operation in progress. Some will actually feel the pain of the procedure. Others will feel as if they can’t breathe or move.
Anesthesia awareness is very real. As many as 42,000 patients may experience anesthesia awareness every year. It can be a terrifying experience, inflicting unnecessary emotional and psychological suffering. The memory can haunt victims for the rest of their lives. Patients can obtain compensation if the mistake is caused by medical negligence or equipment malfunction.
What Can I Recover for an Anesthesia Mistake?
Anesthesiologists are medical specialists. They’re trained to administer a drug that puts patients to sleep and blocks pain. They’re held to an incredibly high standard of care in Florida. When an anesthesiologist makes a mistake, patients can pursue monetary damages through a medical malpractice claim. A successful lawsuit can help an injured patient recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
You may be entitled to money for your anesthesia injuries. Our attorneys can help you obtain a fair settlement or award. Call our Miami office today to learn more.
Florida Statute of Limitations for Anesthesia Injury Cases
Anesthesia errors are a type of medical malpractice. In Florida, there is a very limited window of time in which you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You typically have two years from the date you discover – or should have discovered – your anesthesia error injury.
Not sure when the statute of limitations on your anesthesia error case began to run? Speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately. You will lose the right to obtain a financial award from a negligent anesthesiologist if you don’t file your claim on time.
Call Our Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney For Help
Have you or someone you love been harmed because of an anesthesia error? Contact Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer to learn about your legal rights. You may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries and suffering. Our experienced legal team can help you make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call to get started on your anesthesia error case today.