Anesthesia malpractice occurs when an anesthesiologist or a medical professional administering an anesthetic fails to provide the right amount of protection and an injury results.
Anesthesia has become safer in the last few decades, but it is still not without risks, particularly when anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and hospitals place patients at additional risk with preventable medical errors.
The use of potent medications, in combination with invasive procedures to protect a patient’s airway and provide pain relief, has serious risks that anesthesiologists must quarrel with.
Death is a leading outcome in anesthetic injuries, which underscores the seriousness of the common practice. Nerve injury and airway injury are also quite common injury claims, which can be prevented in many cases.
In the last two decades, claims for anesthesia-related complications have increased significantly. Examples of related medical malpractice may include:
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Very potent medications are sometimes administered to keep a patient comfortable during a procedure. Medication overdose is a common anesthesia-related injury. Drug combinations of benzodiazepines and opioids are involved in many over sedation cases.
Teeth and dental damage is the most common non-threatening complication, associated with airway care during general anesthesia. Difficulties with a patient’s airway is a feared and serious complication for anesthesiologists, with the possibility of death or permanent brain damage.
Other Anesthesia Injuries may include:
Further risk factors involve advanced age, obesity, and performing a procedure in a remote location. Newborn death, maternal nerve injuries and brain damage still constitute a large number of injury claims.
Anesthesia malpractice describes when a medical professional fails in their duty to protect a patient at any point during the medical procedure. Informed consent must be provided, and many Hospital Error Lawyer occur because the patient was not informed that he or she would be subjected to anesthesia before the procedure.
Other cases of malpractice may develop before the surgery takes place with medication errors or defective equipment. Malpractice may occur if the patient is not informed about specific dietary restrictions to be followed before anesthesia is provided. Also, it may develop if the doctor does not review the patient’s medical history or examine the patient to determine how much anesthesia is required.
Malpractice occurs when doctors fail to monitor a patient’s vital signs. The doctor must take a careful look at the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and other critical measurements and adjust to the changes.
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When management or individuals fail to provide a sufficient level of care, victims may seek legal recourse and file suit against the negligent parties. Medical malpractice lawsuits improve the quality of healthcare by holding physicians and hospitals responsible when they fall below a professional standard of care.
Hospitals, medical staff, nurses and doctors are responsible for providing proper patient care. When management or individuals fail to provide a sufficient level of care, victims may seek legal recourse and file suit against the negligent parties.
Without medical malpractice laws, medical mistakes would go without consequence, patients would be uncompensated for preventable injuries, and medical providers would have less incentive to improve the medical system to prevent future injuries.
Despite the reports discussed above, frivolous claims brought by medical malpractice attorneys and runaway juries have been blamed as causing a medical crisis. There is no medical malpractice crisis, it is simply propaganda created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and large insurance companies to pollute the American jury pool and change the law in a manner that is favorable to them and adverse to the average American. And sadly, it has worked.
Currently, 90 percent of juries side with the physician over the patient at trial. As a result, insurance companies are bolder than ever and refuse at times to settle even the most meritorious of cases knowing that the chances of the patient finding a fair and impartial jury is extremely low, especially in more conservative parties of the country such as Hamilton County, Ohio.
Medical malpractice attorneys prosecute many different types of medical mistakes. Examples of the most common medical errors include:
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 required that conditions be identified that (a) are costly and occur at high rates, (b) are assigned as cases to the Diagnosis-Related Group, and (c) could have ultimately been prevented with appropriate care. These hospital-acquired conditions occur as negligence on the part of hospital staff and often result in a multitude of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Conditions that meet the three requirements for identification:
Many hospitals and physicians are taking proactive approaches to resolve viable medical malpractice claims by approaching patients who do not have legal counsel. The “family meeting” presentation will include deterring patients from seeking legal counsel. This is a very concerning development in the course of medical liability and risk management.
We strongly advise patients not to engage in “family meeting” settlement negotiations without an experienced Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyer present. Hospitals and physicians have lawyers who are specialized in medical malpractice claims advising them on how to approach the case, and it is only fair that the patient is afforded the same benefit of qualified counsel.
The “family meeting” practice of settling hospital negligence cases without an attorney does not benefit the patient in most cases, but almost always benefits the negligent hospital.
Do not be deterred by a hospital representative implying that the case will be compromised if you seek counsel. While attorney fees will need to be paid, those costs should not be a deterrent. The Lyon Firm adopts a lower contingency fee structure and offers hourly rates for cases that can be resolved without litigation.
If the parties wish to resolve the matter, having qualified counsel on both sides is beneficial to the process. The goal should be a settlement where both parties are satisfied, not a case where the hospital pays substantially less than the fair value of the claim.
There are numerous issues that need to be considered before settling a medical malpractice case, and you should know what the fair value of the claim is before accepting a settlement.
The hospital knows the fair value having been involved in other cases. You as the patient should work with counsel who has successfully worked on other cases and can advise on the appropriate risk of future litigation and settlement value.
If a hospital is approaching you or a family member about a settlement without a Cincinnati Medical Malpractice lawyer, please call (800) 513-2403 for a free consultation.
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