Florida Anesthesia Error Lawyers
One of the most important aspects of surgery today is the use of anesthesia. This drug enables a doctor to perform major procedures without causing pain to the patient during the operation. But the use of anesthesia also carries serious risks. Mistakes can result in permanent brain damage or death. Sadly, statistics show that one in every 3,000 patients dies because of anesthesia complications.
If you or someone you love has needlessly suffered because of an anesthesia error, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, is here for you. An experienced investigator of medical malpractice cases in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, he has protected the rights of Floridians victimized by medical errors and negligence since 1975.
The Florida anesthesia error lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of personal injury throughout Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.
For a free consultation about your case, call us today at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online contact form. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
Types of Anesthesia
There are four types of anesthesia available to surgeons:
- General Anesthesia – Major surgical procedures use this form of anesthesia because it involves a complete loss of consciousness for the patient.
- Spinal Anesthesia – Surgical procedures that focus on the lower body turn to this type of anesthesia. It is also known as an epidural.
- Regional Anesthesia – This kind of anesthesia is injected close to a nerve in order to temporarily block pain signals to the brain.
- Local Anesthesia – This anesthesia numbs the skin and the tissue located just below.
Whether the drug is used for a major surgery or for what should be a simple procedure, administering any form of anesthesia still requires great skill. Even the most innocuous version of anesthesia can be dangerous if it is not administered correctly.
Complications Due to Anesthesia Errors
When there is a mistake in the administration or the dosage of anesthesia, serious complications can occur. These may endanger a patient’s life. Severe risks include:
- An extreme dosage of local anesthesia may affect the patient’s heartbeat, breathing and other important bodily functions.
- If a regional anesthesthetic is injected too close to a nerve or the spinal cord, nerve damage could result.
- Improperly administered general anesthesia can cause heart attacks or strokes.
- If a patient has particular allergies or reactions to the drugs used in anesthesia, a life-threatening reaction could take place during the surgical procedure.
- Patients who are on certain drugs that may interfere with the anesthesia must be told of the risks beforehand in order to prevent any deadly interactions.
It’s essential that a patient be properly evaluated before and after any surgical procedure. Many lethal complications can happen if doctors do not take this important step.
Common Injuries from Anesthesia Errors
Every patient has a different reaction to the use of anesthesia. That’s why it is crucial that doctors have a thorough medical history of each patient before any anesthesia is administered. Otherwise, a patient can suffer serious or lethal injuries due to contact with this surgical drug.
Any kind of anesthesia error can result in injuries such as suffocation, brain injury, paralysis, heart attack, coma, stroke or death.
There is also the possibility that anesthesia equipment can encounter problems in the middle of surgery. When and if this happens, the medical team must fix it before any life-threatening crisis occurs. If they do not immediately repair such an issue, the patient may experience oxygen deficiency, a reduced rate of breathing and even regain awareness during the surgical procedure.
Although anesthesia is a miraculous drug, many things can go wrong when it is in the mix. From a poor administration of this surgical tool to unforeseen drug interactions in the middle of a complex procedure, there are many risks involved. Doctors, nurses and health care providers who don’t show serious care in every single aspect of the anesthesia process can be held responsible for medical malpractice.
Contact Our Florida Anesthesia Error Lawyers Today
If you or someone close to you has been hurt due to medical negligence because of an anesthesia error during or after surgery, the Florida personal injury lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, are on your side. Since 1975, we have helped victims to obtain the money they deserve. Not only are we knowledgeable in every aspect of Florida personal injury law, but we work hard for our clients. And we’re willing to fight for justice on their behalf.
Our law firm serves clients across South Florida, including Port St. Okeechobee, Lucie, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. Call our Florida anesthesia errors lawyers today toll free at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online form. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation.
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