Anesthesiology is the field of medicine dedicated to sedating patients so that they are unconscious and don’t feel pain when undergoing a surgical procedure. When determining the type and amount of anesthesia patients need, anesthesiologists need to consider a number of factors, including the patient’s weight, the length of time he/she needs to be sedated and his/her personal medical history (i.e. any allergies or other conditions that may make certain drugs unsafe for the patient).
In order to ensure a patient’s safety when administering anesthesia, it’s crucial that medical professionals constantly monitor the patient’s vital signs so they can immediately respond if any complications arise. Given such factors, it’s no surprise that anesthesiology is one of the most complicated fields of medicine—and that any negligence or carelessness in administering anesthesia can result in permanent, life-threatening complications. In fact, experts estimate that about one in every 200,000 patients die from anesthesia errors.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of anesthesia errors, or if your loved one has died from anesthesia errors, you will have a viable medical malpractice claim, and you will be eligible for compensation for your injuries and losses. To learn more about your legal rights, consult an experienced and knowledgeable injury attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates. We are dedicated to standing up for your rights to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Health problems resulting from anesthesia errors can result from a number of situations, including when anesthesiologists:
- administer wrong doses
- fail to accurately assess a patient’s medical history
- fail to diagnose anesthesia complications
- fail to appropriately monitor patients while they are anesthetized
- improperly insert a breathing tube into patient’s lungs (to ensure they continue breathing during surgery)
- improperly administer oxygen to patients
Such errors are more likely to occur when medical professionals are:
- improperly trained and/or inexperienced
- overworked and/or fatigued
- not properly supported with enough staff (i.e. registered nurses)
Following Anesthesia Errors
It’s essential that patients undergo all necessary medical treatments to stabilize their health. In some cases, patients will need long-term care, and the complications sustained will cause permanent disabilities. Once their health is stable, it’s then important that injured parties stand up for their legal rights by pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The skilled personal injury lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates are committed to:
- Putting our clients’ needs first
- Developing personalized, professional relationships with each client
- Building the strongest case possible
- Helping each client get through the legal process efficiently
- Fighting to recover the maximum awards for our clients so they can get the treatment they need to move on with their lives
Healthcare providers have a responsibility to American consumers. If they make mistakes that harm patients, they should be held accountable for their actions. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, our medical malpractice lawyers are committed to fighting aggressively on behalf of injured patients to ensure they recover the full amount of compensation they are entitled to. We serve as tireless advocates for the injured and are not afraid to fight large hospitals and their insurance companies.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates today.