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.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, our West Palm Beach 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.
About Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice Claims
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
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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.
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Our 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.