Anesthesia is an important contribution to modern medical care, but it is also one of the most dangerous techniques in routine use. Anesthesia malpractice is related to many serious injuries and deaths—two of the five most common causes of death due to medical error are related to anesthesia.
If you suffered serious injury or lost a loved one due to anesthesia-related medical malpractice, you may be able to receive compensation. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call 1-800 THE FIRM or email The Cochran Firm South Florida for a free consultation. We help victims in Fort Lauderdale and other areas near Miami, Florida.
Causes of Anesthesia-Related Medical Malpractice
Anesthesia-related medical malpractice results in numerous cases of death and serious injury every year. Unfortunately, the most common causes of this type of preventable medical error are preventable, and include:
- Overdose or wrong dose
- Failure to properly monitor vital signs
- Failure to screen high-risk patients
- Poorly performed intubation (errors inserting breathing tube)
- Poor handling of oxygen around hot surgical tools
- Failure to recognize complications
- Failure to properly monitor patient after anesthesia
Although many of these errors are simple to prevent, when they occur, the result can be serious injury, such as:
- Injury to throat or lungs
- Brain injury due to oxygen deprivation
- Heart or lung damage
- Severe burns
- Trauma and pain of awakening during surgery
These injuries can result in permanent disability, disfigurement, or death.
Compensation for Your Injures
If you or a loved one suffered injury as a result of anesthesia-related medical malpractice, you may be able to receive compensation for many types of damages, including:
- Additional medical bills
- Lost wages
- Disability, including physical therapy and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering