INTUBATION INJURIES


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Intubation Injury Attorney

An intubation procedure involves using a tube and ventilator to assist patients get air in and out of the lungs. It is a crucial medical procedure, though one that can be done incorrectly. When intubation errors occur, long term injury can result.

A common intubation error intubation is failing to insert the tracheal tube properly. When nurses and anesthesiologists make intubation mistakes, the airway can be lacerated or sufficient oxygen may not be delivered. Intubation malpractice and medical negligence may lead to nerve damage, airway injury or death.

Airway injuries are a well-known complication of anesthesia. The American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) injury database has recorded numerous adverse respiratory events. Injuries to the larynx, pharynx, and esophagus are not uncommon. Following an airway injury or intubation error, contact an Ohio Intubation Malpractice Attorney to investigate.

The Lyon Firm specializes in hospital negligence and medical malpractice claims. We work with industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident and injury and hold negligent parties accountable for the injuries they have caused.

Joe Lyon is a Hospital Negligence Lawyer and Intubation Malpractice Attorney reviewing airway injury lawsuits and anesthesia errors for injured plaintiffs nationwide.


What is Intubation?


Endotracheal intubation is accomplished by passing a tube through a patient’s mouth and into the trachea. Nasal intubation, in turn, uses the nasal passage for the same effect. Airway management is a critical skill for nurses, doctors and anesthesiologists.

The failure to secure an adequate airway will deprive a patient of oxygen and may lead to injury, long-term disability, and death. The intubation medical procedure carries certain risks and complications, including:

  • Improperly placing the tube
  • Perforating tissue in the esophagus, larynx or pharynx
  • Unintentionally dislodging the airway tube
  • Over inflating the tube
  • Under inflating the tube

Intubation Injuries & Poor Airway Management


When medical errors and malpractice events occur, intubated patients can suffer serious injuries and complications, including:

  • Anoxic or hypoxic brain damage
  • Stroke
  • Irregular arrhythmia
  • Vocal cord injury
  • Injured lungs
  • Laryngospasms or bronchospasms
  • Cervical spine fracture
  • Perforated esophagus
  • Perforated trachea
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection

Intubation Malpractice Attorney


Patients relay on the expertise of hospital staff, nurses, physicians and anesthesiologists to perform medical procedures correctly. When Hospital Error Lawyer or medical malpractice results in injury or death, a Hospital Negligence Lawyer and Intubation Malpractice Attorney can assist in filing personal injury claims against individuals and hospitals responsible.

The Lyon Firm reviews a wide variety of malpractice cases and can offer consultations to injured plaintiffs to see if rightful compensation and settlement is likely. Every medical malpractice case is unique and will require a full investigation.

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Why are these cases important?

 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. 

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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

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.

What is a “Never Event” in Hospital Care ?

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:

What if a hospital makes me an offer directly?

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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The process for investigating a medical malpractice claims involves the following steps: 

  1. Gather a full and informed history from the family addressing their concerns and thoughts on what went wrong; 
  2. Gather the complete medical records including film studies, if any; 
  3. Review of the records and applicable medical literature by attorneys; 
  4. Review of the records by a qualified physician practicing in the relevant areas on standard of care and causation; 
  5. Final consultation with expert to review opinions;
  6. Signing of Affidavit of Merit by the Expert before case filing, for cases where medical malpractice is identified. 
Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law. 

FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE BOWEL OBSTRUCTION

WRONGFUL DEATH

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  Confidential settlement for a family due to a wrongful death. An emergency room physician failed to recognize the common symptoms associated with bowel obstruction and prescribed a contraindicated medicine of GoLytley.  The patient died at home the day of discharge after taking the medication. The case against the emergency room physician was resolved by settlement following extensive discovery. The settlement was paid to the spouse and surviving adult children for the loss of their mother. While no amount of money could bring back their mother, the case provided answers and held the hospital accountable.

FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE BREAST CANCER

$910,000 Settlement.

(Cincinnati, Ohio):   Joe Lyon was second chair in a case involving the failure of a physician to promptly communicate a positive breast cancer result to a patient. As a result of the delay, the cancer progressed from in situ carcinoma to stage 3B with lymph node involvement. The treatment required mastectomy and radiation/ chemotherapy rather than a simple excision. The case settled after extensive discovery. The defense argued: “the patient should have called the physician.” The settlement provided recovery for suffering through a misdiagnosis and the loss of a spouse and a mother. While the settlement cannot bring this wonderful woman back, it helped her family move forward with life’s challenges and encouraged  future accountability.


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