According to Scientific American, when patients are under general anesthesia they can be more accurately described as being in a reversible coma than being “asleep.” Though there are risks associated with anesthesia, most people are grateful for the opportunity to be completely unaware of what is being done to their bodies during surgery and to experience no pain. In the vast majority of cases, the medical professionals we entrust with our lives during surgical procedures are competent, attentive, and caring. Though everyone makes mistakes, including surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists, when anesthesia errors occur as a result of negligence, the law holds those responsible accountable for the ensuing harm.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of an anesthesia error due to inattention, impairment, fatigue, or some other type of negligence, you not only require excellent medical follow-up, you need skilled legal representation. If you reside in Florida, you are fortunate to have the outstanding medical malpractice firm of Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A. available to evaluate your case and advise you about how best to proceed.
Founded over 40 years ago, our team of well-credentialed, capable attorneys has a track record of successful verdicts and settlements as well as a reputation for personal attention and compassion. Located in Pensacola and serving clients throughout Northwest Florida, we look forward to helping you and your family receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Anesthesia Errors, Though Rare, Can Cause Severe Harm
Once we meet with you for a free consultation and investigate the particulars of your claim, our medical malpractice attorneys will be able to determine whether you have a viable anesthesia error case. If so, we will fight tooth and nail to see that justice is done and that, though you may have suffered irreparable damage, you receive substantial monetary compensation to allow you to start living your altered life with financial peace of mind.
If your family has been through the trauma of losing a loved one due to an anesthesia error, we are here to support you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We will leverage our extensive experience with anesthesia errors to win you a successful outcome.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Administering anesthesia requires great precision. Too much anesthesia can cause a cardiovascular episode, asphyxia, or brain damage, any of which may result in death. If a patient survives an overdose of anesthesia, the individual may suffer cognitive impairment, paralysis, or some other permanent disability.
At the other extreme, patients who receive too little anesthesia can awaken during surgery, experiencing the terror of disorientation and pain. Though this happens very rarely, it is a traumatic, preventable occurrence.
Patients who receive too much or too little anesthesia as a result of medical negligence are entitled to sue for medical malpractice as are patients who have:
- Not been given proper presurgical instructions (e.g. to fast or avoid a medication)
- Had anesthesia administered at the wrong time
- Had oxygen administered improperly
- Not been carefully monitored during surgery
- Had doctors and nurses fail to respond promptly to their distress
- Not been intubated during an emergency or have been intubated improperly
- Been treated by an anesthesiologist who was impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Been given a medication that interferes with anesthesia
- Been treated with defective anesthesia equipment
- Had medical professionals turn off, or fail to respond to, equipment alarms
- Not been properly screened for past allergic reactions to anesthesia
The knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers at Staples, Ellis + Associates are fully prepared to help you obtain a successful outcome to your anesthesia error claim, either through adept negotiations or, if necessary, aggressive litigation.
Serious Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors can cause serious harm, including:
- Birth defects
- Brain damage
- Heart attack or stroke
- Loss of neuromuscular function
- Spinal cord injury
- Tracheal damage
- Wrongful death
If you have suffered one of these awful consequences of an anesthesia error caused by medical negligence, the law is on your side and so are the sharp attorneys of Staples, Ellis.
Damages We Will Fight To Obtain
Staples, Ellis has won millions of dollars in damages for clients and is eager to advocate for you and your family. We believe that you should receive the substantial remuneration you deserve to keep you financially secure. We will fight for your right to receive damages for:
- Medical costs and rehabilitative care, now and going forward
- Lost income: past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Anesthesia errors, no matter how unintentionally they occur, can negatively impact the course of your life and those who are responsible have to be held accountable.
What Staples, Ellis + Associates Will Do for You
Staples, Ellis + Associates medical malpractice lawyers are determined to represent you forcefully. We have an in-depth understanding of the amount of money it will realistically take to keep your family on an even footing going forward. We will not agree to settlements that are too low to be practical.
We will prove the four necessary elements of medical malpractice:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed so the doctor owed you a “duty of care”
- The doctor was negligent, i.e. did not provide standard competent care
- You now have a recognizable serious injury
- That injury resulted directly from the doctor’s negligence
By studying pertinent hospital records as soon as we take your case, we will make sure that there has been no cover-up of the incident. We will also check the histories of the personnel involved to see if there have been any previous accusations of negligence or incompetence. Moreover, we will bring in medical experts in the field of anesthesiology who will attest to the fact that a serious anesthesia mistake has been made.
At Staples, Ellis + Associates, we are well aware of how overwhelmed you are by the physical and emotional trauma you and your family have undergone. Let us support you in your quest for justice and protect you from financial stress. Remember, you will not be charged any attorneys’ fees until we have won your case.