Surgery is a frightening experience for most patients because of actually going under the knife. However, unbeknownst to many patients, the most dangerous part of a surgery is not the scalpel, but rather the application of anesthesia. The smallest mistake made by an anesthesiologist can lead to serious or even deadly results. This zero room for error is reflected in the high medical insurance premiums paid by anesthesiologists.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries as a result of mistakes or errors made by the anesthesia applied during surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of an experienced anesthesia malpractice attorney in Los Angeles, you will obtain the full compensation that you deserve.Causes of Anesthesia Medical Malpractice
Mistakes can be made in any profession. However, mistakes made in the application of anesthesia can be, and most often is, deadly. Anesthesia medical malpractice can happen during any stage of a surgery, including the surgical process, pre-operative preparation or even during recovery.
There are many causes of anesthesia medical malpractice, including but not limited to:
- Defective equipment
- Applying an overdose of the medication
- Failure to properly inform or educate the patient about food or alcohol consumption prior to the surgical process
- Negligently monitoring the patient’s vital sign during the administration of anesthesia
- Incorrectly incubating a patient
- Unfamiliarity with medical techniques
- Misuse of equipment
Regardless of what caused your injuries, you should immediately consult with an attorney who specifically handles these types of cases.Potential Injuries Caused By Anesthesia Medical Malpractice
The errors or mistakes made by an anesthesiologist are generally subtle. However, the resulting injuries can be life altering or even fatal. Common injuries caused by mistakes in administering anesthesia include:
- Heart attack
- A collapsed lung
- Brain injury
- Ulnar neuropathy
The Medical Journal of Anesthesiology reports that between 1999 and 2005, there were more than 2,200 anesthesia related deaths in the United States. Anesthesia causes 34 deaths annually and results in at least 280 other deaths each year.
The statistics provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank regarding anesthesiologist medical malpractice are shocking:
- On average, victims of anesthesia medical malpractice obtain more than $250,000 in payments
- More than 6,000 anesthesia medical malpractice cases were settled in the past decade
- In 2010 alone, more than 450 medical malpractice payments were made due to anesthesia malpractice
If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of anesthesia medical malpractice, it is important that you preserve your medical records relating to the procedure. Proving an anesthesiologist’s negligence can be a long and complicated process. While proving negligence is difficult, the attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm have the experience and resources to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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