South Florida Anesthesia Error Lawyers
Seasoned Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight to Secure Compensation for Victims of Anesthesia Errors in Palm Beach County, Broward County and Across South Florida
Anesthesia is a drug that is vital in almost every surgical procedure that is performed. Despite the necessity of anesthesia to the success of most medical procedures, the administration of anesthesia itself is actually one of the most dangerous aspects of any surgical procedure. Anesthesiologists receive extensive and specialized training for a reason—without proper administration of anesthesia, things can quickly go wrong for the patient, even if the initial surgery or treatment was relatively routine. Anesthesiologists are not only responsible for ensuring that a patient remains unconscious during surgery, but they are also the party responsible for monitoring functions as vital as respiration and heart function during surgery.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have the legal skills and resources in the South Florida medical community necessary to pursue complex claims against medical professionals who have committed anesthesia errors. We go the extra mile in protecting our clients’ rights, which is especially important in a complicated medical malpractice case where you may not know exactly what caused your harm or how to navigate the legal system to protect your rights from a financial standpoint. We are proud to provide exceptional legal representation to all South Florida residents who have suffered the consequences of anesthesia errors caused by medical negligence and are here to help regardless of your ability to speak English or your immigration status.
Anesthesia Errors Cause Significant Adverse Consequences for South Florida Patients
Administration of anesthesia is complicated, and errors can occur at any stage of the process if the doctor fails to exercise the level of skill and care necessary to perform as an anesthesiologist. Examples of anesthesia errors include:
- Providing the incorrect amount of anesthesia, as an anesthesia overdose can cause strokes, heart attacks, and other serious consequences, and too little anesthesia can cause the patient to remain conscious during surgery,
- Failure to properly monitor the patient under anesthesia, as anesthesiologists have a duty to monitor the patient for potential issues throughout the entire time the patient is under anesthesia,
- Incorrect placement of the tube when anesthesia is administered through a tube that enters the trachea,
- Improper medical screening prior to administration of anesthesia, which could result in failure to identify adverse drug interactions or allergies,
- Providing the incorrect type of anesthesia based on patient history or the procedure involved.
Potential consequences of anesthesia errors may be devastating, and can include:
- Memory loss, especially when the patient has received too much anesthesia,
- Remaining conscious when not enough anesthesia is administered,
- Severe allergic reactions,
- Adverse drug interactions,
- Hypoxic brain injuries,
- Aspiration pneumonia,
- Tracheal injuries, injuries to the esophagus and throat,
- Serious infections,
- Cardiovascular, neurological or other diseases caused by improper administration of local anesthesia, such as an epidural,
Lawyers Gonzalez & Cartwright Are Passionate About Protecting Patients Victimized by Anesthesia Errors
As in any other field of medicine, not all anesthesia errors are caused by medical negligence. Patients may have unexpected reactions to anesthesia even if all proper precautions, screenings, and monitoring take place as planned. However, when an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is negligent in providing the care required under the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting harm. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our experienced anesthesia error lawyers will advocate vigorously on your behalf to secure the compensation you need to move forward, and will:
- Obtain all medical records and documents relating to your procedure,
- Gather secondary medical opinions and expert witness statements, which will help us both confirm that the anesthesia error amounted to malpractice and develop the evidence we need to estimate the future costs associated with the harm the error caused,
- Conduct a thorough investigation of the anesthesiologist’s prior safety record, including any reports of past malpractice or misconduct,
- Interview other medical staff present during your procedure, including doctors, surgeons and nurses,
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to reach a comprehensive settlement agreement,
- Prepare and argue your case in court if necessary.
Call Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Our Experienced Anesthesia Error Lawyers
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we pride ourselves on offering full-service bilingual legal representation throughout the South Florida Hispanic community. We take a client-centric approach in each of our cases to ensure our clients receive the highest quality legal advice possible, and in our years of experience have developed a reputation for both excellence and compassion.
If you have suffered harm because of an anesthesia error, call us today or fill out this secure contact form to schedule a free initial consultation so that we can put our resources to work for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Anesthesia Errors
If the anesthesia error amounted to medical malpractice, our lawyers can bring a wrongful death action against the negligent medical professional, hospital or facility to recover compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of consortium or company, and even loss of financial support in some circumstances. Call us today and we can begin to evaluate the circumstances giving rise to your loss.
The relevant standard of care, or legal duty of the medical professional, varies based upon the circumstances of every medical malpractice case. In a case involving anesthesia errors made by your anesthesiologist, determining the relevant standard of care involves examining what a reasonable anesthesiologist with the necessary skills and experience would have done under similar circumstances. If a nurse committed the error, we would look to how a reasonable nurse trained in administering anesthesia would have acted. To show that the anesthesia error amounted to malpractice, we must show that the medical professional’s actions deviated from the standard of care, so as to cause you harm that amounted to medical negligence.