The prospect of any surgery or procedure can be stressful enough. But when you have a medical professional that fails to follow the standard of care and that failure leads to severe injuries or even death, it is an unthinkable tragedy. In such cases, a victim may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Medical malpractice claims require a showing that a medical professional owed a duty to the patient, that they breached their duty, and that this breach directly caused harm or death. In the case of anesthesia errors, there are a variety of ways that the standard of care can be breached that can lead to serious injury or death. For example, it is not uncommon for anesthesia errors to involve administering too much or too little anesthesia, choosing the wrong type of anesthesia, administering anesthesia a person is allergic to, using defective equipment, or failing to give a patient proper instructions before the procedure.
Another common reason for anesthesia Anesthesia Malpractice is a failure to conduct a thorough preoperative evaluation. For example, in a study that reviewed ten insurance companies’ closed claims against anesthesiologists, the reviewers found that the majority of cases involved complications that could have been prevented by proper preoperative assessment. This included failing to consider a patient’s comorbidities, which include heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, lung problems, etc., failing to recognize potential interaction of medications or a drug’s side effects with certain foods, and/or neglecting to take into consideration the impact patient positioning may have on blood flow to the brain.
When anesthesia errors result in permanent or serious injuries, patients and their families can seek compensation for damages that can help address the consequences of such mistakes. These damages can include expenses for medical treatments, lost earnings from time missed at work, as well as pain and suffering. In the case of anesthesia errors resulting in death, the grieving family can seek restitution for funeral and burial costs as well.
If you or a loved one have suffered from anesthesia errors, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can assist you with pursuing a claim for financial compensation. A successful anesthesia error lawsuit can result in a full recovery for victims to cover past, current, and future losses. Contact Rutter Mills today to see if you have a viable medical malpractice case against the anesthesiologist who injured you. We can provide you with the information and resources you need to determine your next steps. We represent clients throughout the Cincinnati area. We also handle personal injury cases involving car accidents and truck crashes. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case. We accept all major credit cards. Our offices are located in downtown Cincinnati and serve clients in Hamilton County, Montgomery County, Middlesex County, Warren County, Clermont County, and Pope County. We also provide phone and video conference consultations to people in other locations. Please call or use our online contact form to request your consultation.