NJ Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyers
Anesthesia is a critical component of many types of medical procedures. Major invasive surgery isn’t the only type that requires anesthesia. Out-patient operations and other elective surgeries also require anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable and diminish the pain of the procedure. Just by the frequency of the use of anesthesia, it’s likely that errors will be made, but that is no excuse for anesthesia malpractice. Surgeons and anesthesiologists must carefully scrutinize their patients’ pulse, blood pressure, blood loss and other vital signs to ensure their well-being throughout any surgery or medical procedure. At the NJ law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we have extensive experience in all facets of medical malpractice lawsuits, including anesthesia malpractice. Read about our $1.75 million malpractice settlement against an anesthesiologist on behalf of a New Jersey woman who was partially paralyzed as a result of anesthesia malpractice.
Any doctor, anesthesiologist or medical professional can be deemed negligent if they make a mistake while they are conducting an operation. They must apply the same level of care and professionalism used by others in their profession to carefully perform the medical procedure under the same or similar circumstances. Catastrophic results can surely be expected if anesthesia is administered improperly or without proper monitoring. There is a standard level of competence that is not only expected, but demanded, by an anesthesiologist. Patients can and do suffer major injuries, paralysis, disabilities or death from anesthesiologists who commit malpractice. The list of possible injuries is particularly alarming:
- Respiratory failure
- Brain injury
- Kidney failure
- Cerebral palsy
Due to the high frequency of the use of anesthesia during medical procedures, anesthesia-related lawsuits are among the most common medical malpractice cases filed yearly in NJ. Because anesthesia is so powerful, one seemingly tiny error can have a vast and far-reaching consequence on a patient’s life. However, because the patient is unaware of their surroundings at the time, anesthesia malpractice can be very difficult to prove. That’s why you need the services of a qualified team of anesthesia malpractice attorneys like the New Jersey law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman to sort things out for you if you or a loved one suffers anesthesia malpractice. We specialize in all sorts of medical malpractice cases, and we can give you the kind of aggressive representation you deserve if you feel like you were victimized by an anesthesiologist. And we have had great success in collecting millions of dollars for our clients who are victims of anesthesia malpractice.
How Do Anesthesia Mistakes Occur?
Basically, anesthesia malpractice happens when health care facilities do not live up to their responsibility to properly pay attention to their patients. This includes anything from not paying enough attention to the patient’s previous history to not administering the correct drugs in their correct doses. The medical staff must always thoroughly interview the patient ahead of the operation and include the following in a patient’s file:
- An informed consent form
- Transfer notes
- A pre-anesthesia exam, including all vital signs and the patient’s medical history
- The surgeon’s notes on the patient
- The operative record
- Post-anesthesia records, including all vital signs before, during and after the surgery
These records could prove that an error was made by the anesthesiologist during the procedure. A qualified New Jersey anesthesiology malpractice attorney can look at these records for confirmation of improper or uncommon treatment.
The O.R. could be the most common place where anesthesia malpractice occurs, but it is not the only spot where this can occur. Other likely times for anesthesia errors include:
- Prepping for the procedure
- Post-surgery administration of anesthesia
- Time spent in the recovery room
- During operations
- During childbirth
Surgery is risky, but if it is handled professionally and correctly, there is little to fear. However, the slightest error can inflict catastrophic injuries on the patient and untold expense and sorrow on the family of the patient. Anesthesia malpractice is too common in operating rooms in New Jersey. A rigorous standard of care must be observed.
NJ Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously injured, paralyzed or killed as a result of anesthesia malpractice, contact the NJ medical malpractice attorneys at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your medical malpractice case. We will aggressively fight for your rights to collect damages caused by the medical malpractice. Nobody deserves to suffer due to the errors of an anesthesiologist or recovery room nurse. We make it our business to make sure nobody does.