Medical Malpractice Lawyer Miami FL
Florida medical professionals have a duty of care owed to their patients. These are standards they must not deviate from when caring for patients. This is also true for anesthesiologists. Although anesthesia drugs heralded tolerable medical procedures for patients, many doctors and dentists continue to improperly administer the correct dosages or fail to accurately monitor patients under sedation. When this occurs patients can suffer irreversible harm and even death. In these cases of malpractice, a medical malpractice lawyer in Miami FL can help the victim pursue damages against those responsible.
What are the different types of anesthesia a patient can be given?
Anesthesia is the drug or drugs administered to patients to numb pain or fully sedate someone for a surgical procedure. There are different types or forms of sedation. These include:
· Local anesthesia is used to numb a small area and the patient stays conscious throughout and is less risky. It is used in more minor procedures and is common in dental procedures.
· Regional anesthesia is for a larger portion of the body, such as an epidural during labor and delivery.
· General anesthesia is where a drug is given intravenously or inhaled which puts the patient into a deep sleep during the procedure and leaves them unable to feel any pain. This form of sedation often causes the most severe injuries.
What are some of the errors that can occur with injectable anesthesia?
Medications administered intravenously must be done so with the utmost care. If done improperly, the nerve tissue can sustain damage. This could also create a slower heart rate in the patient which, in turn, reduces the oxygen levels to the brain.
Conversely, if insufficient levels of sedation are given, a patient’s worst nightmare can occur, where they are semi-conscious and feel every bit of the procedure and the pain and/or, react to it putting themselves at further risk of complications.
In addition to the actual act of administering the sedation, a Miami FL medical malpractice lawyer knows that other failures by the attending medical team can also lead to catastrophic injuries. This might include insufficient monitoring, delayed or a complete failure to resuscitate a patient in distress. Today, although there is the added technology to aid professionals, the risk that a technical error can occur is still a possibility.
What are some of the damages a patient can be compensated for?
Major complications from improper anesthesia dosage or bad reaction include heart attack, stroke, paralysis, nerve damage, permanent brain injury, organ shut down/failure, and death.
Costly physical and financial losses are often the result for a patient who suffered at the hands of a negligent medical team, as is the emotional toll on the patient as they endure their new normal.
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If your loved one has endured a procedure that went wrong due to negligence of the part of the medical team, retain the services of a personal injury attorney to examine the circumstances and potentially pursue a case against the hospital, physicians, anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, and whoever else was directly responsible for administering anesthetics and monitoring the patient. Call The Law Offices of Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. to speak with a Miami FL medical malpractice lawyer today.