Anesthesia Errors By Tod Aronovitz | 05/16/18 | 0 Comment
Anesthesia Errors and Wrongful Death Claims
Medical malpractice comes in many forms, including anesthesia errors. It’s estimated that 1 out of 200,000 patients die due to mistakes with anesthesia. While anesthesia is generally considered safe, professional errors can have life-changing or even fatal consequences. If you believe a loved one’s death was caused by anesthesia errors, it’s important to contact an experienced Miami wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights and hold the responsible party accountable.
What Causes Anesthesia Errors?
According to a study by Columbia University, there are about 300 anesthesia-related deaths each year. About 46% of these deaths were caused by anesthesia overdose and another 42% were attributed to adverse effects.
Medical professionals have a duty to perform their medical duties competently and provide a minimum level of care. There are many forms of anesthesia errors that may lead to a wrongful death claim such as:
- Failing to monitor vital signs for signs of distress
- Incorrect intubation
- Administering too high a dose of anesthesia
- Failing to review a patient’s medical history that could have revealed potential complications
- Communication errors among medical professionals and/or the patient
- Failing to inform the patient about potential risks of not following instructions prior to the surgery
Anesthesiologists, nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals who administer or monitor a patient may commit anesthesia errors.
How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help
Wrongful death claims are notoriously complex, especially when they involve medical malpractice. These cases can be very difficult to prove and require proving many factors, including that the medical professional was negligent and failed to exercise a reasonable level of care and skill and that this care deviated from the standard. There are many specific rules that must be followed in a wrongful death claim and expert testimony is often required.
If you have lost a loved one due to anesthesia errors, it’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to build your claim. Aronovitz Law has extensive experience handling wrongful death claims, particularly cases involving anesthesia, with a recent multi-million settlement involving anesthesia mistakes. Contact the Miami wrongful death attorneys at Aronovitz Law to schedule a free consultation to review your options.