There are risks any time you undergo anesthesia for a medical procedure, but the threats to your health are vastly compounded in the presence of critical mistakes. Anesthesia errors can lead to serious harm for a patient, with consequences that can be life-changing. If you suffered injuries under such circumstances, it may be some relief to know the Florida law does provide you with legal options through a medical malpractice action.
Because the process is highly complex, it’s wise to trust a skilled lawyer to assist in pursuing a negligent health care provider. Our team at Palmer | Lopez has in-depth knowledge of the laws and decades of combined experience advocating on behalf of injured victims. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today. Some background information on these cases may also be helpful.
Anesthesia Errors are a Form of Medical Malpractice
All health care providers owe patients a duty to exercise reasonable care when delivering treatment, including those that administer anesthesia for medical procedures. The actions of an anesthesiologist are measured against what other physicians would have done, presuming they were in the same field and under similar circumstances to your own. If your doctor departed from this standard in managing anesthesia, and you suffered harm as a direct result, you may have a claim under Florida’s medical malpractice statute.
Common Types of Anesthesia Mistakes
The duty of care applies to anesthesiologists well before the medical procedure takes place. Your physician must carefully review your medical history to protect against adverse effects, such as which may occur because of a medical condition or medication you take. Your anesthesiologist must also provide directions about fasting and other pre-surgery instructions. Failures in any of these areas could cause serious harm. Additional types of anesthesia mistakes include:
- Negligence in intubation;
- Improper dosage, which can lead to nausea, choking, and seizures;
- Failure to monitor the patient during a procedure, especially blood pressure, brain activity, vital signs, and any indication of distress; and,
- Many more.
Your Rights as a Victim
If an anesthesia error was a direct cause of your medical injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Our attorneys at Palmer | Lopez will fight to ensure you receive the monetary damages you deserve under Florida law, including:
- Medical costs to treat injuries resulting from an anesthesia error;
- Lost income and future earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Losses stemming from how your injuries affect your relationships with loved ones;
- Decreased quality of life; and,
- Many others, depending on your circumstances.
Speak to a St. Petersburg Anesthesia Error Lawyer for Free
For more information on your rights and remedies as the victim of an anesthesia error, please contact Palmer | Lopez by calling 813-967-8505 or checking out our website. We can schedule a no-cost consultation at our St. Petersburg office, so you can discuss your legal options with a skilled medical malpractice attorney. After we review your circumstances, we can get started on a strategy to recover compensation for your losses.