Anesthesia Errors in Atlanta, Georgia
Although anesthesia is usually safe, anesthesia disasters happen. A study carried out by Columbia University explained that 2,211 people died in the United States in seven years in error due to anesthesia errors. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries resulting from anesthesia, it could have been due to medical malpractice that could have been prevented. Lawsuits involving medical malpractice and anesthesia-related errors can be difficult and complicated so it is important to have an experienced advocate represent you. The Moses Firm is dedicated to representing individuals injured by medical errors. Call us today at 404-721-1050 for a free consultation with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney and learn if we can help you and your family.
Why Do Anesthesia Mistakes Occur?
Administering anesthesia requires careful preparation, planning, monitoring, and administration to avoid disastrous outcomes. When the anesthesia care team does not adequately prepare for a case; plan for extubation; properly monitor a patient during anesthesia; or even correctly intubate a patient, those preventable errors can cause death, brain damage, or other severe injuries.
An unfortunate, but common cause of an anesthesia error is when the anesthesia care team fails to monitor the patient properly. A patient’s oxygenation levels, carbon dioxide, heart rate, blood pressure, and even response to paralyzing medication must be regularly monitored during and after the procedure. When the anesthesia care team cuts safety corners by not monitoring these critical aspects of anesthesia, patient safety is compromised and unnecessarily increases the risk of harm to unsuspecting patients.
What Are the Common Injuries Related to Anesthesia Malpractice?
If anesthesia is improperly administered to a patient, the results can be devastating and include a wide variety of complications. The following are common anesthesiology-related injuries:
- Brain damage due to an lack of oxygen
- Blindness in one or both eyes
- Awake Anesthesia
If you or a loved one experienced any injuries because of anesthesia, it is important to speak to an attorney to learn more about your legal options.
If I Was Injured by Anesthesia Malpractice, Who is at Fault?
Determining who is at fault for an anesthesia error will depend on the facts of the case. The anesthesiologist, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, the Anesthesisa Assistant, or even the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse could be at fault. It is important in every case to have an expert medical witness review your case to determine what, if anything, the anesthesia care team did wrong to cause to the injuries. If a hospital employs the anesthesiologist oranesthesia care provider who committed the error, then that hospital might be liable for the malpractice. In cases where the anesthesiologist or anesthesia care provider is hired as an independent contractor, another entity may be liable for the negligence.
What Can I Gain by Filing a Malpractice Case Against an Anesthesiologist?
In a successful claim against a medical practitioner, the victim or their family may be able to recover compensation. Compensation is typically divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are used to compensate victims of malpractice for financial losses resulting from medical professionals’ negligent actions. Those damages will cover reasonable medical costs related to the injuries, estimated future medical costs, expenses related to rehabilitative care or ongoing home care, and lost income for the time when the victim cannot work as a result of the injury.
Of course, anesthesia errors cause damages that go beyond those that a court can calculate. Patients can suffer from non-economic damages like physical pain, mental pain, and reduced enjoyment of life. Non-economic damages are used to compensate the victim and their family for these types of harm.
Call the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at The Moses Firm Today
At The Moses Firm, our attorneys will fight aggressively to reach a favorable outcome in your claim. Call us today at 404-721-1050 to consult with a dedicated Atlanta, Georgia, medical malpractice attorney.