All surgeries and medical procedures that involve the use of anesthesia can pose potential health risks. The risk of complication is almost always expressed to the patient prior to surgery, and complications can occur from anesthesia even upon receiving the best possible medical care. However, every so often, an injury suffered by a patient due to anesthesia may stem from the improper handling of equipment or drugs from the anesthesiologist. When a patient suffers an adverse reaction after anesthesia, it is crucial to evaluate the standard of care of the anesthesiologist to determine if there was any malpractice. The Badgley Law Group in Orlando is familiar with cases involving anesthesia errors and can assist you in determining whether you have a medical malpractice claim.
The most common anesthesia malpractice claims according to medical researchers are:
Together, the claims for death and cardiopulmonary arrest are involved in almost one in four closed claims for anesthesia errors. To determine if an injury qualifies for a malpractice claim, an experienced malpractice attorney will explore the four elements below to determine validity. These elements are crucial to a establishing a medical malpractice claim:
Complications can happen before, during, and after anesthesia. Most anesthesiologists will manage their patients at or above the standard of care. When the standard of care is breached due to medical malpractice, the physician may be sued for patient medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Medical errors do occur, and this issue is a current very hot topic. A report detailing common anesthesia injuries shows that the most serious complications related to anesthesia as stated above are death, permanent brain damage, and nerve damage. More than 65 percent of anesthesiology malpractice claims are based on anesthesia administered before a surgical procedure. Common medical errors related to anesthesia include:
The main origin of most medical malpractice claims is professional negligence. In some cases, it may be possible to hold the medical facility liable for the negligence that has occurred based on vicarious liability – if the anesthesiologist is employed by the hospital, the hospital will be liable for any negligence on the employee’s part. Alternatively, the hospital may be sued for negligent hiring and supervision – if the anesthesiologist is an independent contractor, the hospital may be held responsible.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to medical malpractice and you wish to seek legal counsel, then contact Badgley Law Group. Our medical malpractice attorney helps patients or families who have suffered from injuries or wrongful death involving medical negligence.
A medical malpractice lawsuit is different from other types of personal injury cases as they involve two areas of expertise, medicine and law. These cases are very complicated and require the knowledge and attention of a lawyer who is familiar both of these areas. When you choose our experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Orlando, you will be sure to receive assistance in reviewing the facts of your situation to determine whether or not you have a claim. Our team at the Badgley Law Group have handled many medical malpractice cases over the years and can answer your questions. Call us today for a consultation at 407-487-4154.