Anesthesia malpractice claims account for a large number of medical malpractice cases. Claims arising from anesthesia mistakes are devastating, often resulting in permanent injury, profound brain damage or death. Demonstrating the negligence of the anesthesiologist or anesthesia staff is also among the most difficult since the plaintiff is often unconscious or sedated, and scant and unreliable records are often the only source of information.
Anesthesia malpractice claims are hardly limited to anesthesiologists, as a great many medical practitioners administer sedatives and anesthetics. Obtaining and preserving the anesthesia records is a vital first step. A serious injury will no doubt draw the immediate attention of risk managers, and it is an unfortunate fact that records are frequently altered or "lost." In addition to obtaining copies as soon as possible, the original records must be reviewed in person.
It goes without saying that any individuals involved in the anesthesia care may be individually liable for personal injuries caused by their negligence. However individual insurance policies are often inadequate to compensate the victim for his or her personal injuries. In that case it is essential to find additional third parties to share the liability.
Common types of malpractice related to anesthesiology include failure to intubate, intubation errors such as improper placement of tubes, failure to stabilize a patient prior to transport, medication errors, over-sedation, overdose or miscalculation of dosage of anesthetic drugs, epidural catheter mismanagement before, during and after placement, premature extubation, premature or overly aggressive weaning from mechanical ventilation, fluid volume overload, physical injury to larynx, teeth, oropharynx, pneumothoraces due to over-ventilation, skin breakdown or pressure ulcer injuries due to inadequate padding or failure to properly position or reposition.
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