Miami Anesthesia Error Attorneys
Hundreds of Millions Won for the Injured & Grieving
More than 1 in 10 anesthesia errors are due to medication error, according to data from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The Institute of Medicine reports that only 1 in 200,000 anesthesia errors were fatal, but a report from another source said the death rate was as high as 3 in 10,000—or about 60 times more often than the Institute's report.
Even non-fatal anesthesia errors can cut oxygen off from a person's brain, resulting in permanent brain damage. If your loved one was harmed or killed in surgery, speak with our Florida anesthesia error lawyers to get answers and fight for the compensation your family needs to move forward. Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. has been a nationally-renowned law firm for more than three decades, winning hundreds of millions for our clients and their families. If you want to know how an anesthesia error could have harmed or killed your loved one, our firm can devote our considerable resources to getting the answers you're looking for.
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The Signs of Anesthesia Errors
Surgeries come with a dedicated anesthesiologist because anesthesia, while a boon to modern medicine, is a high-risk tool. Anesthesia essentially causes a partial shutdown of the central nervous system, which keeps you from feeling pain, but can also prevent you from breathing or slow your heart down to dangerous levels.
Signs of anesthesia errors include:
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory failure
- Impaired balance or coordination
- Unusual drowsiness
- Sudden unconsciousness
Fatalities are not necessarily limited to the operating table. In numerous anesthesia error cases, victims died as late as 48 hours after surgery. Because even routine surgeries require anesthesia, it's vital for doctors and nurses to respond to the signs of anesthesia overdose as quickly as possible. Failure to respond could result in brain damage or death and would constitute medical malpractice.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia is either local or general. Local anesthesia is applied to a specific part of your body, so its effect is limited to that part of the body. The more well-known form of anesthesia is general anesthesia, where patients are 'put under' for the duration of an operation. Medication errors usually affect people undergoing general anesthesia, and the most costly mistakes occur here.
Common anesthesia errors include:
- Negligent intubation
- Misplacement of LMA (laryngeal mouthpiece airway)
- Propofol or Midazolam overdose
- Administering anesthesia the patient is allergic to
- Misreading medical charts
- Esophageal or bronchus intubation
Call Our Miami Anesthesia Error Lawyers
Since 1984, STFBC has been the premier personal injury law firm in Miami, holding insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and other practitioners accountable for medical malpractice. Our attorneys are some of the most recognized and renowned lawyers in the country, and nearly half of our firm is considered a legend in his respective practice. When patients need an attorney who knows how to get results, they call us.
We keep our firm small to keep our caseload lean and focused. As a result, each of our attorneys can spend all their time preparing cases for trial—not spending all their time in the day-to-day busywork of running a law firm. Because our caseload is relatively small, our Florida anesthesia error attorneys are able to devote massive resources to each case, which typically results in much stronger verdicts or settlements. If you want to know what happened to you or your loved one, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. has the resources and experience to investigate what happened and bring it to light in the courtroom.
Speak with us in a free consultation today at (305) 770-6335.