Compensation for Anesthesia Errors

The vulnerability of handing your life over to the hands of a stranger you have only just met less than a week ago is an alarming thought that inspires fear and anxiety within every reasonable living person. A thousand worries and concerns can flood your system while you think of all the possible things that could go wrong while you lie completely unconscious on the cold operating table. Going under the knife is already scary, but feeling the pain of it all? Absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, some patients do suffer from Anesthesia awareness. Which is waking up during the surgery or operation being performed due to the failure of not providing the patient with enough anesthetic medication.

As you may already guess, it is not the most pleasant situation and can be rather traumatic with long lasting consequences often reflected on the patients’ medical bills.  In the past, this has always been an issue ignored by most doctors and healthcare practices. But as time goes on, the same issue seems to keep arising. It is important to stay informed about the consequences of anesthesia errors and know there are legal actions you or your loved ones can take in order to receive the compensation you deserve.

The first thing you should be aware of are the different kinds of anesthesia. Currently there are only three that are most common in the medical field. General Anesthesia, which is the one most frequently used in operational procedures, is the treatment that will render you unconscious. Next is Local and Regional anesthesia. Regional Anesthesia will numb a large portion of the patient’s body, an example of this would be an epidural administration. Local, on the other hand, is used on smaller areas in more simplistic procedures and is considered to be less risky of the three. There are a variety of ways in which anesthetic errors may occur. Medical negligence plays a huge part in it all. The malpractice can be an error on behalf of the hospital or anesthesiologist; regardless, they must still be held accountable. It is not unheard of that medical centers will often place one too many patients under the care of a single anesthesiologist, opening way for mistakes to be made.

Additionally, low staffing within these facilities are also cause to errors when the hospitals irresponsibly schedule rigorous excessive hours per week and unreasonable double shifts to their employees. As if that were not enough, the active use of faulty medical equipment in operating rooms has also been registered as a known cause to these negligent incidents. These actions do not solely fall upon the hospitals’ oversights, but on the doctors as well. Errors can occur at any point in time during a procedure, but Anesthesiologists increase those chances by leaving the patient’s bed unattended, not providing them with enough oxygen, giving them the wrong dosage or drug, and in rare situations even coming in intoxicated.

In the US alone there are about 50 million operations per year. About 21,000 to 42,000 of them testify to experiencing Anesthesia Awareness, according to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare organization. As a result, 28% will either feel the pain of the surgery or have trouble breathing- all of which are and should be requited to the victim in a trial.

Although the injuries sustained during the malpractice vary by case, the patients are entitled to full compensation for their suffering and long-term consequences. Amongst these are traumatic brain damage, blood clots, and cardiovascular injuries which eventually result in a heart attack or stroke. As hard as it may be to believe, these lacerations do result from Anesthetic errors. Respiratory issues, nerve damage, falling into a coma and even death can all be pinpointed to the negligence of the anesthesiologist. Just as insufficient anesthesia can be an issue, dangerously prolonged sedations can be just as harmful.

During the experience of Anesthesia Awareness, not only does the victim feel the pain or endure breathing problems, but they are also paralyzed and unable to alert their anesthesiologist due to the muscle relaxers in their system. This situation brings forth yet another impairment on the psychological standpoint. This emotional trauma leads to post traumatic stress disorder, most commonly known as PTSD, sleep problems, and finally anxiety disorders. The worst cases of PTSD carry night terrors, flashbacks, insomnia, and sadly suicide. Having to unnecessarily deal with uncalled for predicaments can be quite costly. That is precisely why pressing charges is so crucial. The indemnity received could help cover all current or future medical expenses along with lost wages and forthcoming earning capacities. The main key here is to act as fast as possible.

Part of acquiring the compensation and justice you or your loved one deserves is to speak to the right attorney. Speaking to a medical malpractice attorney can help your case and the chances it has to be successful when taken to trial. Letting the lawyer review the case is vital in order to help dictate how to prove the malpractice and who is to blame for the negligence. In spite of the fact that you have every right to hold the medical institutions and their doctors accountable for their actions under the medical malpractice laws, there is a statute of limitations placed in the state of South Carolina and throughout most of the country. This law asserts that regardless of your knowledge of the specific time frame, you must file for a Medical Malpractice claim within a certain timeframe. After that period of time, you lose  your right to bring a claim.

Anesthetic errors are not only limited to medical centers but can also include dentistry establishments or any other institutions that carry on the practice of anesthesiology. The compensations may vary but are significant. Whether the anesthesia error was done in a prestigious hospital or local clinic, the victim deserves justice for their appalling trauma nonetheless.

Call the medical malpractice attorneys at Naert & DuBois today to speak with either Zach Naert or Joe DuBois at no charge to learn your rights and options.  We never charge for consults.  Our physical address for our primary office is 22 New Orleans Rd #1, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, our phone number is (843) 686-5500, and our primary website is www.LowcountryLegal.com.  #hiltonheadmedicalmalpracticelawyers #hiltonheadlawfirm #medmal #anesthesia #naert&dubois #medicalmalpractice

ATTORNEYS JOSEPH DUBOIS AND ZACH NAERT
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Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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