Anesthesia Error - Malpractice
Miami and Key West Medical Malpractice and Anesthesia Attorneys Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists have a grave responsibility. When anesthesiologists are negligent and commit malpractice, the consequences are usually serious. They play an important role in making sure that a patient is medically stable and fit for non-emergency surgery and stable throughout emergency surgery. They must monitor and help regulate heart and respiratory function during any surgery under general anesthesia. In fact, anesthesiologists control a patient’s breathing when general anesthesia with an endotracheal tube is used. Placement of the tube itself can cause major injury or death, such as when the tube in placed in the esophagus instead of the trachea resulting in a fatal lack of oxygen to the lungs. The most serious cases of anesthesia malpractice by anesthesiologists utilizing general anesthesia lead to injuries that include aspiration pneumonia, hypoxic brain damage, coma or death.
Spinal and epidural anesthesia can also cause injury due to negligence. These injuries can be cardiovascular or neurologic, take other forms (e.g., patient may suffer bacterial meningitis, which must then be urgently diagnosed and treated), or even – in a rare case - result in death.
If you or a loved one has been injured by anesthesia error and you would like to speak with an experienced malpractice attorney, please contact us to speak to one of the malpractice lawyers at Boyers Law Group, for a free consultation about your legal rights.