Patients Injured by Negligent Anesthesiologists
An essential part of most surgical procedures that patients undergo is anesthesia. Anesthesia is a part of medicine that has existed for quite some time although it is only in our modern medical practices that it has become a fully implemented and efficient part of medical procedure. The thought of undergoing surgery without anesthesia may make you shudder but in some ways, anesthesia administered improperly can be just as bad if not worse. Anesthesia errors are part of the issue facing our country which is pervasive medical errors. Thousands of people every year end up suffering severe injuries and sometimes even die as a result of medical professionals committing medical malpractice.
Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
When someone suffers an injury because of an anesthesia error then they may be able to seek compensation for the damages that they suffered through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is when a medical professional is negligent in their duties and fails to adhere to the standard of care that is expected of a professional in their position. The standard of care is the level of professional service that is expected of a medical professional in the context of their position and in comparison to what other professionals like them would do in a similar context. Medical malpractice claims rely on a claimant being able to prove that a medical professional was negligent and deviated from the standard of care so that they can make a case to receive restitution for the damages they suffered in the form of a settlement.
This process can often rely on extensive investigation, resources, and expert insight. Handling a medical malpractice claim is no simple ordeal and the utmost care should be taken to ensure that your claim is handled the best way possible because the insurance company you may be dealing with will be doing everything they can to make sure they pay out as little as possible. Consider Dolman Law Group as your legal representation when pursuing compensation with a medical malpractice claim. Our lawyers have experience getting clients the settlements they need for injuries suffered because of anesthesia-related injuries. To schedule your free consultation with Dolman Law Group you can call our office at (727) 222-6922 or contact us online.
How Can Anesthesia Injure Me?
Any medicine that is intended to heal also has the potential to do serious harm in certain circumstances. Something as simple as too much of one particular medication can cause severe injuries in a patient. Anesthesia is not different and is also capable of potentially injuring or even killing patients when those administering it are negligent. Anesthesia, for those unaware, is the medically induced temporary loss of sensation or consciousness for the purpose of performing medical treatment such as surgery. Anesthesia actually comes from the Greek meaning “without sensation”. Anesthesia can be induced through edible medication, injection, or through inhalation.
The doctors that are tasked with the administration of anesthesia are known as anesthesiologists and typically undergo especially extensive training when it comes to their practice. However, despite all of this training and experience, anesthesiologists can still end up hurting patients through negligent actions.
Anesthesia Injury Due to Allergic Reactions
One way that patients can be injured by anesthesia is via allergic reaction to the medicine used to administer the anesthesia. Physicians are expected to thoroughly check a patient’s medical history to determine if they are allergic to anything so that they can plan which anesthesia to use accordingly. Patients may be on the operating table and suffer an allergic reaction which can consist of severe pain in the chest or abdomen, trouble swallowing or breathing, swelling, heart palpitations, anxiety or fear, and even unconsciousness which can be very dangerous in a surgical setting.
Anesthesia Injury Due to Incorrect Dosage
When it comes to anesthesia, even the most minute change in dosage can mean severe injury for patients. In cases where the dosage of anesthesia is too much, the patient can suffer from heart issues as it slows down, blood can fail to go pump correctly through the body and the patient suffers as a result. When too little of dosage is given then the anesthesia can fail to put the patient under correctly and they might fail to lose consciousness and/or feeling. In some cases, patients may even wake up in the middle of surgery because there was not enough anesthesia.
Anesthesia Reactions to Medications
In some cases of medical malpractice involving anesthesia, a physician may fail to take into account an anesthesia medication reaction to another medication a patient is taking. Doctors are expected to know exactly what drugs are going into a patient’s body so they can avoid disastrous reactions such as this. The kinds of dangerous interactions that a patient can experience can range quite wide and vary depending on what kind of drugs are in effect. Ultimately, the potential to cause severe injury is quite high.
Seek an Experienced St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you believe you have suffered as a result of an anesthesia error, contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney immediately to avoid being prohibited from filing suit due to time restrictions. Our lawyers are happy to sit with you to discuss the details of your claim and provide some options on how you can go about taking legal action. The skilled attorneys at Dolman Law Group will fight for your right to compensation and ensure that your case is not put on a back burner but receives the full attention that it deserves.
An attorney can help connect you with the right doctors to diagnose and treat your injury, but who will also testify on your behalf and on behalf of their professional standards. Dolman Law Group has the medical malpractice experience you need in order to get the compensation you deserve after a painful anesthesia error.
Call (727) 222-6922 today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced and committed medical malpractice attorney.
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