Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia Errors AttorneyAnesthesia errors are common, but are typically underreported incidents that can have long term effects on patients who suffer from them. Dozens of errors can cause anesthesia complications including:

  • Failure to monitor the patient
  • Failure to properly instruct the patient prior to receiving anesthesia
  • Improper assessment of risks of anesthesia
  • Over sedating the patient
  • Providing anesthesia to the wrong patient
  • Failure to properly administer oxygen

 Complications from anesthesia errors can lead to birth injuries, stoke, heart attack, brain damage, and death.

Liability for Nurse and Surgical Staff Anesthesia Errors

Under Florida law specific members of medical staff may be liable for errors that occur during an operation. However, the members of the medical staff are responsible for their own actions. Nevertheless, the Hospital or medical facility of the staff members may also be held liable for the malpractice of the medical staff, if it becomes apparent that a member of the medical staff was incompetent to perform the duties required of them. This is true even if the medical staff are not technically employees of the hospital.

Neurological Injury Compensation Act for Birth injuries

The Neurological Injury Compensation Act (NICA) is a no fault act that provides compensation for infant victims of surgical errors or other potential malpractice. For example, if anesthesia is improperly administered to a mother while giving birth, the child could have lifelong brain damage as a result. Although NICA allows the victim to recover without having to resort to litigation, the amount recovered is sometimes tremendously less than a victim would be able to recover in a malpractice lawsuit or settlement, and may not be enough to cover the costs the child will endure for the remainder of their lives. For this reason insurance companies often try to protect themselves from liability by telling the victim they are not eligible for compensation through a lawsuit because they must go through NICA. However, this is not always true. There are strict eligibility guidelines for NICA, and an experienced malpractice attorney can tell you whether you can fight the insurance companies claim that NICA must be brought.

Contact a West Palm Beach Anesthesia Errors Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured because of the failures of a physician schedule a free consultation with the expert West Palm Beach anesthesia errors attorneys at the Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. today. Call 561-832-4848. We serve West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Ft. Lauderdale, and all of South Florida.