Miami Anesthesia Malpractice Attorneys
Anesthesiologists Can Be Held Accountable in Negligence Lawsuits
Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists who administer anesthesia have a very important duty to their patients. They must make sure that they administer the proper dosage and type of anesthesia so that the patient can undergo surgery safely.
During a surgical procedure, they must monitor and regulate the patient’s blood pressure and vital functions. The anesthesiologist must also make sure that the patient’s heart, lungs and other functions are stable before and during surgery. The patient and their loved ones place a huge level of trust in the skill and training of the healthcare providers.
Unfortunately, there are many cases where medical professionals are negligent in administering anesthesia. If you have been injured due to the negligent administration of anesthesia, a lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Is Anesthesia Malpractice?
Anesthesia is a pharmacologically mediated state induced by the intravenous or inhalational administration of drugs. It is used as a means of sedation, allowing patients to undergo medical procedures without being fully conscious or suffering any pain.
Anesthesia malpractice can occur when anesthesia is administered incorrectly, causing injury to the patient. It can also be caused by the improper use of anesthesia, such as failure to provide adequate monitoring or inadequate postoperative care.
There are several types of anesthesia:
- General anesthesia – renders the patient unconscious through the entire procedure.
- Regional anesthesia – numbs certain large areas of the body (i.e., epidural anesthesia).
- Local anesthesia – numbs a particular area for surgery without inducing unconsciousness.
When anesthesia is administered improperly, it may cause complications that range from minor to severe. These complications may lead to permanent disabilities or even death.
Florida medical malpractice cases involving anesthesia can be complex, but they do not need to be insurmountable. The lawyers at Kaire & Heffernan have successfully resolved countless cases involving anesthesiology-related injuries in Florida.
Contact our office today if you want more information about how an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you recover damages following an anesthesia injury.
Examples of Anesthesia Malpractice
Some common examples of anesthesia malpractice include the following:
- Failing to assess the patient before administering anesthesia adequately.
- Administering the wrong kind of anesthesia.
- Administering too little or too much anesthesia.
- Failed induction of anesthesia.
- Administration of anesthesia without proper equipment.
- Failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs properly.
While anesthesia errors are rare, you should retain legal counsel immediately if you believe that you were injured due to medical negligence. Our attorneys can help you file a medical malpractice claim against the health professional responsible for your injuries.
Anesthesia Problems and Complications
When anesthesia malpractice occurs during surgery, the consequences are very serious and can lead to serious injuries or even death. Some patients suffer from respiratory failure, brain damage, cardiovascular injuries, disability or fall into comas as a result of negligent medical care.
Anesthesia awareness is another problem that can arise during surgery. Patients who do not fully lose consciousness or partially wake up under general anesthesia may still feel the effects of the surgery. This can result in several emotional problems, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nightmares, and flashbacks.
Contact Our Anesthesia Malpractice Attorney
If you or someone you love was injured due to an anesthesia error, call Kaire & Heffernan, LLC as soon as possible. Don’t delay, as there is a statute of limitations to bring forward an anesthesia malpractice or personal injury claim.
Schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced anesthesia malpractice lawyer by calling 866-769-0123 toll-free any time. You can also fill out our online form and we will respond as soon as possible.