Medical Malpractice & Your Rights
Anesthesiologists and doctors who administer anesthesia prior to a surgical
procedure have legal obligations for taking reasonable measures to ensure
patients are sedated safely. While there are inherent risks to administering
drugs, medications, or gases for the purpose of anesthetizing a patient,
there is no excuse for negligence and preventable errors.
Anesthesia errors are medical mistakes that result from a health care professional’s
negligence. When doctors, nurses, or other health care professionals provide
substandard care in administering anesthesia and patients suffer harm
as a result, they can be held liable for victims’ damages. Although
victims are entitled to compensation following
medical malpractice, this compensation is never guaranteed – especially as malpractice
cases can be highly complex.
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, our West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience
protecting the rights of patients who suffer serious injuries as a result
of medical negligence. By leveraging our experience and resources, we
assist patients in building effective cases that highlight the negligence
of attending medical professionals and provide evidence as to why their
care failed to meet accepted medical standards and caused our clients harm.
Request a FREE case evaluation. Call (561) 922-0258.
What Constitutes an Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice Claim?
While the individual facts of a case will determine if there are grounds
to pursue a medical malpractice claim, there are a few general elements
in anesthesia error claims that must be present. These include:
- A medical professional provided substandard care in the administration
of anesthesia given the circumstances.
- The failure to provide an acceptable standard of care more likely than
not resulted in a patient suffering harm.
- A patient experienced damages (such as pain and suffering, emotional injuries,
or further medical intervention and expenses) as a result of the medical
care provider’s negligence and their injuries
These elements need to be established in any successful case, and they
will vary depending on the type of error that occurred. Common anesthesia
errors may involve:
- Dosage errors
- Administering too little anesthesia
- Improper intubation or failure to intubate
- Communication errors
- Failure to monitor a patient or recognize complications
Proving negligence in medical malpractice cases can be a difficult task,
which is why these cases demand the attention of experienced lawyers.
Our firm has secured numerous notable results in challenging medical negligence
cases across Florida, and has the insight and professional connections
with medical experts to build convincing cases as to why a doctor’s
substandard care amounted to malpractice. Because anesthesia errors have
the potential to cause permanent and catastrophic injuries, including
brain injuries, we focus on pursuing the maximum compensation possible.
Learn More About Your Rights During a FREE Case Evaluation
personal injury team at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin is readily
available to help victims and families following serious injuries that
result from unacceptable medical care, including negligent errors involving
anesthesia. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your rights,
contact us for a free case evaluation.