Anesthesia malpractice is one of the most common types of medical malpractice. Hospital patients have long been put under anesthesia to reduce pain and problems from arising during surgical procedures. But errors can still occur when medical professionals are negligent, fail to follow procedure or equipment malfunctions.
Anesthesia malpractice cases can be devastating, causing wrongful death or if patients survive, long-term injury or disability. Injuries can include brain damage, stroke, paralysis and internal injuries.
The challenge in anesthesia malpractice cases is the victim was unconscious during the procedure and often cannot provide details of the malpractice. If you or someone in your family has been injured, this makes it essential to choose an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice law and anesthesia malpractice cases.
Bellotti Law Group, P.C. has 20 years of experience handling medical malpractice claims in Massachusetts and attorney Peter Bellotti has served on the state Medical Malpractice Tribunal, which screens medical malpractice lawsuits in Massachusetts to determine their merit in moving forward.
We have offices in Boston, Cambridge and Quincy and are available to provide you a free legal consultation at 617-225-2100 . You can also use our contact form. We will respond promptly.Where And When Anesthesia Malpractice Can Occur
Anesthesia mistakes can occur in a hospital as well as outpatient medical centers and the offices of dentists, cosmetic surgeons and any other place where anesthesia is administered. Errors can be made by anesthesiologists, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Anesthesia malpractice can occur during pre-operation, surgery and post-operation.Pre-Operation. During the pre-operative stage, medical staff has a responsibility to take a physical exam and ask about a patient's history and any medications they may be taking. Medical staff is also required to inform the patient of the risks and obtain a signed consent form verifying that this step was taken.
During surgery. During operation, doctors and nurses have numerous responsibilities, including making sure the patient is properly positioned, tubes are placed correctly and drugs are properly administered. They also have a responsibility to make sure they are using all the proper monitoring equipment. Post-Operation. Following the surgery, the anesthesia staff has primary responsibility for the patient. They monitor and document progress in moving off and recovering from the sedation drug.
Medical records. Hospitals and medical offices are required to maintain full and detailed medical records, including anesthesia records with information related to the pre-anesthesia exam, informed consent forms and post-anesthesia records.
You have a right to your medical records under state law, but often after a serious medical mistake such as anesthesia malpractice, hospitals destroy, alter or withhold records. This makes it important to find an attorney who can compel release of medical records or identify where any alteration of records occurred.Injuries Caused By Anesthesia Malpractice
In the worst cases, anesthesia injuries can result in wrongful death and long-term serious injuries. Injuries can occur as the result of improper positioning on the operating table, improper administration of drugs and incorrect placement of the endotracheal tube. This tube is typically passed through the mouth or nose to maintain oxygen flow during the procedure.
In addition to wrongful death, injuries can include brain damage, paralysis, stroke, internal bleeding, punctured organs, collapsed lungs and other conditions.Contact Our Experienced Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a family member has been injured in an act of medical negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
It is important to learn your rights as soon as possible because Massachusetts has a statute of limitation restricting how long you can file a medical malpractice claim. Contact an experienced Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyer at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. today at 617-225-2100. You can also use our contact form. We will respond promptly.