Fort Lauderdale Medication Error Attorneys Advocating for Clients Injured by Anesthesia Negligence
Fighting for the rights of South Florida victims of injury from medication errors
When you are getting ready to go under the knife, most patients are nervous about the surgical procedure when the potentially more dangerous part of the surgery is the administration of anesthesia. An anesthesiologist plays a critical role in patient care. Their breadth of knowledge about pain management and how the human body functions, how the body responds under the stress of surgery, and how to respond quickly when a surgical complication arises can save your life according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Physician anesthesiologists help before, during and after surgery taking into consideration the patient’s medical history and current condition, monitoring the body’s vital signs during surgery and reversing the effects of the anesthetic to bring the patient back to consciousness. However, medication errors in anesthesia represent one of the most common causes of death in patients in the hospital. (Journal of Medical Practice Management (MPM)).
The trusted Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group understand the grief that our clients go through when a loved one dies or suffers serious injury because of anesthesia negligence. We are here to protect your right to pursue compensation when you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a preventable anesthesia mistake in a Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, or South Florida health facility.
Examples of anesthesia negligence
Because of the absolute precision required in the anesthesiologist’s work, there is no room for error. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen and here are some examples of those mistakes:
- Administering the wrong anesthesia drug
- Overdose of medication
- Failure to properly analyze patient’s medical history
- Improper intubation
- Failure to educate patient about food and alcohol restrictions prior to surgery
- Failure to monitor patient during surgery
- Use of defective medical device or equipment during surgery
- Failure to administer oxygen properly during surgery
- Anesthesia awareness (patient partially awakens during surgery) from delivering too little of one or more drugs
An ASA research study on anesthesia medication errors reported that one in 20 perioperative (meaning around the time of surgery) medication administrations included a medication error (ME) or adverse drug event (ADE). More than one third of MEs led to observed ADEs and the remaining two thirds were potentially harmful. The researchers also noted that these rates are much higher than those reported in retrospective surveys, and that there are solutions that could potentially decrease the number of perioperative medication errors.
Causes of anesthesia malpractice
Some of the reasons for anesthesia errors, per the study in MPM, include things such as medication pouches with similar appearance and packaging, inattention of the clinician, ineffective communication, negligence, incompetence, fatigue and rushing.
Effects of or injuries from anesthesia mistakes
Some of the potential side effects or injuries from anesthesia negligence that can change the patient’s life forever or lead to death include:
- Heart attack
- Brain injury
- Vein, artery or nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury, which can lead to paralysis
- Dizziness and confusion
How to determine if the error was anesthesia negligence
When an anesthesia injury occurs causing disability or death, it takes the expert eye of a medical expert to review the medical records related to the procedure. The medical expert is also familiar with the law and they know what evidence they need to determine the cause of the patient’s injury. Proving anesthesia malpractice is complicated, and it take a tremendous amount of time and resources. At the Yeboah Law Group, we are prepared to put our resources on the line to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses including damages for:
- Your present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity (present and future)
- Long term care expenses
A serious injury from an anesthesia mistake can be disabling and it can completely wreck your life. If you are unable to work, or if you are in pain and unable to enjoy your life as you could previously, the compensation from an anesthesia negligence lawsuit will help you obtain justice, and help you provide for yourself and your family who depend on you. We are here to help.
An experienced Miami-Dade medication error lawyer is prepared to protect your interests
If you suffered an injury due to an anesthesia error before surgery. You are encouraged to schedule a free consultation with an experienced anesthesia negligence attorney near you at the Yeboah Law Group to discuss the merits of your case. Call 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form for a free consultation.
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