Miami Attorney for Injury or Death from an Anesthesia Mistake
Anesthesia includes a number of very powerful drugs that help put a patient “under” for surgery. This allows them to be asleep, stops them from moving, and blocks the pain associated with a surgical procedure. If the anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or other medical professional committed an anesthesia mistake, you may be able to file a malpractice lawsuit against them to seek compensation for the harm the mistake cost you.
If you were injured by anesthesia mistakes or your loved one was killed by a doctor’s anesthesia errors, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today. Our Miami attorney for injury and death from anesthesia mistakes represents patients and their families after serious complications or errors. Prosper Shaked will fight for you and help you get the closure and compensation you need. For a free legal consultation, call us today at (305) 694-2676.
Types of Anesthesia Mistakes and Errors
Administering anesthesia is a routine part of most surgical procedures. Whether the anesthesia is local anesthesia designed to numb a particular part of your body or general anesthesia that puts you to sleep, the drugs used are quite powerful and may cause serious injury and harm if the doctor or nurse commits errors while administering the drugs.
Anesthesia’s purpose is not only to numb the patient but also to stop them from moving and to put them to sleep so they do not witness the procedure. Anesthesia mistakes and errors can affect any of these purposes, potentially causing traumatic injuries or death.
If the patient is not properly numbed, serious problems can occur. Too little anesthesia might mean that the patient can feel the procedure. This can cause a patient to experience every part of the procedure, causing intense pain and suffering. This can be extremely traumatic and can be the basis of a personal injury lawsuit in most cases.
Administering too much anesthesia can also be a problem. While the patient may be numb, the patient might not recover from the high dosage. This could lead to permanent numbness or even death and other health effects if the drugs used were too powerful or the dose was too high.
Failing to keep the patient immobile can result in a few potential problems. First, a moving patient is likely to injure themselves in an operating room, especially if they are essentially sleepwalking while numb to pain. Other minor movements could cause issues with the surgery, such as slips and mistakes that lead to cuts and other injuries.
Failing to keep a patient asleep is one of the most traumatic mistakes a patient could face. If the patient wakes up during surgery, whether they can feel the procedure or not, the experience can be absolutely traumatic. In some cases, the anesthesia’s paralytic qualities may make them unable to move or call for help, but they are still conscious. The shock of this scenario can be physically traumatic, as well as mentally and emotionally traumatic.
Once again, if the patient is improperly put to sleep, the drugs could lower their heart rate, potentially to the point where recovery is impossible. This could result in a vegetative state or death.
Financial Compensation for Anesthesia Mistakes Causing Death and Injury
If a loved one was killed by a mistake involving anesthesia, your entire family could be hurting. Especially if the deceased was the primary provider for your family, you may be facing financial difficulty and uncertainty. Even without a death in the family, serious injuries from anesthesia could also cause turmoil. You and your family might be entitled to claim compensation to help you recover from the medical malpractice.
With serious injury or death, the victim’s lost wages may be essential to helping your family move forward. If the injury prevents you from continuing to work or keeps you out of work for a prolonged period, you deserve compensation for the wages you missed. If your loved one was killed, their lost wages should be paid going forward to help replace the support they provided your family.
Other forms of support are also compensable. If a loved one was killed and can no longer provide the family with household chores, spousal benefits, advice, companionship, and other benefits, you may deserve compensation. Even without a death in the family, some of these tasks may be too difficult to perform, especially in a vegetative state, and compensation should be paid.
Additional medical care costs brought on by the mistake are also compensable. The cost of additional medical care to reverse the effects of the drugs, care for someone in a vegetative state, provide rehabilitation and physical therapy services, or to provide lifesaving medical care should all be covered.
Pain and suffering damages are also commonly available. If you survived the incident and faced substantial pain and suffering, you could be entitled to substantial compensation. Even in the event of a death, the victim’s pain and suffering at the end of their life might also be compensated.
If your loved one was killed, the cost of funeral and burial expenses be covered as well. In addition to these costs, you may be able to claim other costs related to the death.
Call Our Miami Lawyer for Anesthesia Death and Injury
If you or a loved one was injured by anesthesia errors, or if an anesthesia mistake killed a loved one, you could be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free legal consultation and to learn more about your potential case, contact our Miami lawyer for injury or death caused by anesthesia errors. You can call The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676 to schedule your free consultation today.