NJ Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight to Secure Compensation for Victims of Anesthesia Errors in Edison, Brick, Freehold & Throughout New Jersey
We rely on trained medical professionals to take care of us when we are in our most vulnerable states. This is particularly true when we undergo surgery. Like physicians, anesthesiologists are held to a particular standard of care. If the anesthesiologist makes a mistake that a reasonable anesthesiologist would not have made, the results can be fatal. For example, if an anesthesiologist administers the wrong amount of anesthesia, the patient may be at greater risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Anesthesiologists need to be held responsible for violating professional standards. If you underwent surgery and suffered an injury due to the anesthesiologist’s error, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
Anesthesia Errors Can Have Devastating Health Effects on Patients
Although many hospitals have adopted practices to minimize the likelihood of anesthesia errors, the negligent administration of anesthesia still happens far too often. These errors cause birth injuries, brain injuries and a host of other hospital mistakes. Some of the more common examples of anesthesia errors include:
- Administering too much anesthesia to the patient: If an anesthesiologist administers the wrong amount of anesthesia, the patient could suffer a heart attack or stroke
- Administering too little anesthesia to the patient: If the patient does not receive enough anesthesia prior to surgery, he or she could wake up during surgery
- Failure to monitor patient’s vital signs while under anesthesia: An anesthesiologist must constantly monitor a patient for signs of distress
- Failure to monitor patient’s blood pressure while under anesthesia: This can have potentially fatal consequences
- Poor intubation: If an anesthesiologist fails to properly intubate a patient during surgery, the patient’s airway could close and the patient may suffer a traumatic brain injury due to deprivation of oxygen
- Failure to provide preoperative instructions regarding anesthesia: Informed consent is particularly important for risky medical procedures
- Administration of wrong anesthetic drug: This kind of mix-up can have fatal consequences
An anesthesia error can have devastating health effects. Some of the more serious and long-lasting damages caused by anesthesia error include:
- Wrongful death
- Permanent disability
- Physical pain and suffering
- Expensive and dangerous surgery
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional suffering and anxiety
Schedule a No-Obligation Consultation with Brick Township, NJ Anesthesia Error Attorneys
Medical malpractice law in New Jersey is extremely complicated. N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-26 stipulates that, prior to filing a medical negligence claim, a patient must obtain an Affidavit of Merit from a physician in the same specialty as the allegedly negligent physician. The intention of the statute is to block lawsuits that are deemed frivolous or unnecessary. The affidavit must be signed by a licensed physician who supports your negligence claim. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you obtain a certificate of merit before commencing a legal action against a negligent physician or anesthesiologist.
Leave the legal decisions to the professionals at Lombardi and Lombardi. Your most important job is to focus on your health and your recovery. Lombardi and Lombardi have helped victims of anesthesia errors in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties since 1975, earning more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled medical malpractice lawyers, call or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation at our office in Freehold Township, NJ.
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