Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Anesthesia is any of a variety of medications that are given to a patient to manage pain during a medical procedure. These medications can be administered through a topical cream or spray, taken in pill form, or injected directly into the bloodstream. The type of anesthesia used depends on the extent of the procedure, and can either be localized (specific area of the body), regional (entire section such as the upper or lower half of the body), or general (the patient is made unconscious).
Any form of anesthesia, if not administered properly, can cause serious complications leading to severe personal injury or wrongful death. In fact, the likelihood of anesthesia malpractice is so great that anesthesiologists pay some of the highest insurance premiums of any medical professional. This being said, anesthesia-related malpractice is not limited to anesthesiologists in the operating room. Any surgeon, dentist, doctor, nurse, or nurse anesthetist may be found negligent.
Common Anesthesia Errors
Most anesthesia-related medical malpractice cases are the result of one or more of the following:
- Dosage error – This includes overdose and the use of the wrong type of anesthesia. Some patients, particularly those who undergo major surgery, are not given enough anesthesia and are partially conscious during a procedure. These patients may be conscious enough to feel excruciating pain, but not conscious enough to communicate the pain.
- Failure to monitor vital signs – The body of a patient under general anesthesia is slowed down to near-death. Any failure to monitor vital signs can have devastating consequences.
- Failure to inform a patient about dietary or other restrictions that may have adverse effects with the anesthesia before, during, or after the surgical procedure.
- Improper attention to a patient’s medical history and pre-existing medical conditions.
- Administration error – Improper IV insertion or injection can have serious consequences, such as paralysis from improper epidural anesthesia.
Proving negligence in anesthesia-related malpractice cases is one of the most challenging tasks in all of medical malpractice law. You will need an experienced Orlando anesthesia error attorney that knows the best legal strategies to use in order to get the compensation you deserve.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have suffered a personal injury due to anesthesia error, please contact our Orlando medical malpractice office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Stephen J. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.