Afraid To Sue For Malpractice? Don’t Be.

Let’s say you need major surgery. You prepare for it according to the hospital’s recommendations, you show up on time, and you leave the hospital soon after the surgery, as expected. When you get home, though, you notice an abnormality: The hospital clearly made a mistake—something you can hold them liable for.

As the weeks go by, you contemplate suing the hospital. You think about the financial stress, the lengthy legal proceedings, what your family and friends may think. 

In this article we’ll cover the most common reasons people don’t sue (and why they probably should). Suing isn’t bad, and it isn’t scary. Let’s dig in.

“It Was Probably Just A Mistake…”

When doctors commit malpractice, it can be challenging to tell them directly. Maybe you’re an exceptionally nice person, and you don’t want to ruin their day.  Plus, you’re thinking there’s a good chance your injury was an honest mistake. Nobody does stuff like that on purpose, and Dr. Schmo seems like a professional. Who doesn’t want to give second chances? 

But here’s the thing. Dr. Schmo’s intention isn’t the problem, the outcome is. If you were injured because of the doctor’s mistake, you deserve compensation. After all, the doctor’s negligence made you suffer physically, emotionally, mentally or all of the above. Think of it like a money-back guarantee. You didn’t get what you paid an arm and a leg for (hopefully not literally too), so you should “get your money back.” 

That’s why doctors have crazy expensive insurance that  you  ultimately have to pay for as the patient — to give the patients they wronged their “money back,” that is. “Sorry I couldn’t give you the smooth and successful surgery you paid for, here’s $X,XXX,XXX to cover what you paid plus the damages we caused and the years of nightmares, PTSD, and other troubles. If you didn’t get what you paid for, you deserve your money back.

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“But I Like My Doctor!” 

Let’s say you’ve been visiting your doctor for years. You talk news, politics — they’ve seen your child grow up, maybe you’ve even shared a meal or two together. You don’t want to spoil a personal relationship. Who does? But listen: malpractice is malpractice. Whether or not your doctor is a likable guy is besides the point. If you believe your doctor is your friend, pay attention to how he or she navigates the situation. 

If they don’t sweep it under the rug, or try to hide their negligence, and they not only apologize, but insist that you deserve compensation, guess what? That doctor may actually be a friend, since they’re making sure you’re treated properly (at least the second time around). Fact is, making sure you’re compensated for the malpractice isn’t just good for you — it’ll make that doctor a better doctor too. 

“I Don’t Want Someone To Lose Their Job To Malpractice”

Many people resist suing for malpractice. Who wants to be the reason their doctor loses their job and respect as a medical professional? First and foremost, if you or a loved one has been injured, the medical professional responsible should be held accountable, or else they may cause the same harm to somebody else. But you should also know, doctors don’t really lose their license to practice because of one incident. Their behavior must go beyond ordinary negligence and into the reckless endangerment and a threat to society category. It usually takes two determinations. In fact, almost all doctors get sued for malpractice at least once during their career. 

Now that we’ve covered that, consider yourself. A lawsuit can help cover medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for physical and emotional suffering. Not only that, think about the last time you did something you got in trouble for. Maybe it was a parking fine, or a speeding ticket. Were you less or more careful afterward? The same applies to doctors and other medical professionals. Consequences make you think twice before making the same mistake, and that’s a great thing, for every patient that doctor has in the future. Therefore, it’s critical to hold medical professionals accountable for their actions.

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“Malpractice Lawyers Cost Too Much!” 

Are you scared to hire a malpractice lawyer because you think you’ll lose and it’ll break your bank? That’s understandable, but I’ve got some good news for you. Most malpractice lawyers can offer you a free consultation to assess whether your case is viable. This allows you to explore the possibility of a lawsuit without leaping before you look. If a lawsuit isn’t feasible, no harm done. Even better, you can work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you only pay if you win your case!

“It’s Just A Little Mistake, That Can’t Be Malpractice, Can It?”

Just because your injury doesn’t seem big, doesn’t make it less likely to be a successful lawsuit. An injury is an injury and malpractice is malpractice. A doctor’s negligence — even a seemingly small error — can cause all sorts of unforeseeable future medical issues. Even if your injuries are small, your case should be successful as long as you can prove negligence. 

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Why Suing Is Actually A Good Thing

The main benefit of a successful lawsuit is that it’ll help lift financial burdens, but medical malpractice cases serves another great purpose. For one, when patients bring their malpractice cases to court, it holds doctors accountable. Filing a suit teaches doctors to be more careful with their patients, which helps prevent future malpractice. Ideally, that doctor’s future patients won’t have to suffer from malpractice like you had to. Secondly, more doctors held accountable = less malpractice as a nation. You suing your doctor for malpractice contributes significantly to safer hospitals and medical centers across the nation. 

Filing a lawsuit can offer you a chance to find peace of mind, help others avoid negligent doctors, and receive the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice In The ER – What It Looks Like

Dealing with Emergency Room Malpractice

Heart racing and in shock, you stand there hardly able to breathe. “One breath in, one breath out…” you remind yourself. You anxiously look at the clock, but the minutes seem to drag by. Minutes that seem like an eternity. 

If you’ve ever been in the middle of an emergency situation, then you know these feelings all too well. With stakes so high, doctors  NEED  to make quick and calculated decisions in order to save lives. But what happens if your doctor makes a bad call?

In this article we’ll help identify what emergency room medical malpractice looks like, and what you can do if you or your loved one has been a victim of it. 

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Common ER Mistakes

Each day, nurses and doctors clock in for their shift. Shifts that are long, tiresome, and unpredictable. Without a crystal ball, there’s no way to foresee what any given day may look like. Will a patient with a traumatic injury arrive via ambulance, or will a worried father of three check in for chest pain?

Working in the ER is tough, there’s no question about it. But when the average emergency room doctor makes $252,235 per year, and has sworn to the Hippocratic Oath, don’t they owe you their best? Burnout and fatigue aren’t good excuses when a patient dies.

Let’s take a look at some of the mistakes a person may experience:

► Failure to do a full physical exam – The four primary vital signs are blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration. Continually monitoring these vital signs is crucial for a patient to have the best chance of survival. If your nurse or doctor isn’t doing this very basic thing then they’re failing you.

Failure to test for life-threatening conditions – What’s the use of technology if your doctor isn’t using it? With high tech imaging and detailed lab tests available, doctors have to make use of these amazing resources in order to do their job well. Invaluable resources that help diagnose and treat.

► Prompt correspondence with specialists – There’s no way a doctor can know EVERYTHING. With countless diseases and different approaches to treatment, there’s a reason doctors often choose an area of medicine to specialize in. If your doctor doesn’t have the knowledge necessary to treat you, they should be referring you to a specialist that does.

► Prescribing the wrong medication or incorrect dosage  Medication errors can be deadly. Accidental overdoses usually occur when protocol isn’t followed or staff members don’t pay close enough attention. Even Hollywood star, Dennis Quaid, dealt with the devastation of a medication error when his newborn twins were accidentally overdosed. Thankfully they survived.

► Surgical errors – Everyone makes mistakes…we get it, but the operating room isn’t the place for foolish errors and negligence. Leaving a 5 inch scalpel in a patient’s abdomen is insane. Sometimes doctors even operate on the wrong body part. WHAT?

►Patient dumping – This may shock you, but sometimes hospitals “dump” patients that don’t have the means to pay for services. “Victims typically fall into one ori more of the following categories: those with a mental health condition, undocumented or under-documented immigrants, and the homeless,” reads one article. A patient in Maryland was left at a bus stop in the freezing rain, wth only a hospital gown on.

A Young Mother’s Story

Let’s paint a picture of what negligence looks like. Theresa Boland, a young pregnant mother fought tooth and nail to receive treatment. At just 30 years old, she certainly didn’t suspect a blood clot, but she knew something was wrong.

And that’s why she made her way to the ER. Her leg pain was severe and was accompanied with redness and tingling. But doctors brushed off her symptoms (at three separate ER visits) as assuperficial thrombophlebitis, sciatica, and cellulitis.  Not one incorrect diagnosis, but three! After multiple ER visits, three ultrasounds, several phone consults, and a visit to her PCP she received the correct diagnosis: acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a blood clot.

“My DVT experience was terrifying and frustrating.  I cannot understand why it took a series of doctors and repeated ultrasounds to diagnose my DVT, especially since my symptoms were classic.”

-Theresa Boland

What would have happened if Theresa’s diagnosis had been delayed any further? Would Theresa and her unborn daughter have made it? Click here to read Theresa’s full account of the story.

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ER Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries

Nurses and doctors play a significant role in the well-being of their patients. Generally they do a terrific job, but occasionally they make a mistake…and in emergency situations, those mistakes can be quite serious.

When medical malpractice occurs, it can result in paralysis, an diagnosed stroke, severe cardiac damage, a life threatening infection, and can produce many other issue. In the worse case scenarios, some patients even die.

What You Should Do If You’re A Victim

Medical malpractice errors can be costly, and not just in a financial sense. The emotional turmoil, alone, is so so heavy.

Bills pile up and wages are lost. How do you handle disability care, rehab, or burial costs?

It’s a lot to handle but you don’t have to go at it alone. A lawyer can fight on your behalf, and potentially help take back those financial losses and more. It certainly won’t fix everything, but it can help.

You don’t deserve to be in this situation. If your or your family member has been harmed by medical malpractice, please contact our office so that we can help you.

Justice For Military Medical Malpractice Victims (Feres Repealed)

Imagine this: You enlist in the military and spend years of your life putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your nation’s future….

And then, disaster strikes. You get injured or receive a bad diagnosis. Shouldn’t your level of commitment be met with the same level of medical treatment? 

America’s veterans deserve the best. Unfortunately, that’s not what they’ve been getting. Thanks in part to a lack of patients (most military hospitals serve young and healthy populations), surgeons aren’t able to keep up on their surgical skills. This causes surgeons to make more frequent medical errors. 

Even worse, for the last 70 years, an active member of the military hasn’t been able to file a case for medical malpractice. Without accountability, standards are bound to slip.

Thankfully, things are changing.

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The Feres Doctrine

70 years ago a law known as the Feres Doctrine was put into motion, by the Supreme Court.

This law has barred active service men and women from filing a case against the government for damages incurred against them.  Unfortunately, the law was misinterpreted and also took away active duty service member’s right to sue for medical malpractice. Who knows the number of service men and women who were either harmed or lost their life at the hands of a military physician. No one was held responsible, leaving victims without a voice for far too many years.

Thankfully a lot has changed in the last few months. Largely in part to a terminally ill soldier who wouldn’t give up his fight to see this law repealed. In the next few sections we’ll talk about this brave man and what this means for members of the military.

A Story of Tragic Neglect

This is the story of Green Beret Richard Stayskal, who fought hard on the battlefield and now fights hard for his life and to see change.

In 2017, Stayskal began having breathing troubles. “While I was sleeping I felt like I was drowning,” says Stayskal. Alarmed by his condition he checked himself into Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A CT Scan was ordered but doctors brushed off his concerns. A few months later, after becoming unconscious, Stayskal’s wife rushed him back to the same hospital.

Doctors re-evaluated Stayskal’s condition and the CT Scan that was done a few months prior. But get this,  medical records from the second visit reportedly indicate the staff noticed a possible mass and were going to recommend a biopsy, but never communicated any of this to Stayskal or his wife. They told Stayskal he had a minor case of pneumonia and was free to leave.

It wasn’t until his visit with a civilian  pulmonologist that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. According to Army Times, the mass which appeared on his CT scan should have been noticed, even by a first year resident. It was that obvious. Had the diagnosis come at the initial visit, which was 6 months earlier, Stayskal’s prognosis could have been much different. 

As of November 2018, Sgt. Richard Stayskal was given a life expectancy of at least 1 year. Not nearly enough time for a man still in his 30’s with a wife and two young daughters.

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One Last Fight

In a perfect world, this Green Beret wouldn’t spend any of his final days in the halls of government buildings fighting for new legislature. He’d instead be with his family, his friends, the people who he loves. But his sacrifice has been met with success….

In 2019, the House of Representatives repealed the law with a provision inserted in the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. Paving the way for service members across America to fight for justice. 

Under the new NDAA provision, malpractice and neglect won’t be left in the dark. Errors will soon come to light and practitioners will be held responsible for maltreatment. 

If You’re A Victim of Military Malpractice

In general doctors are good. Most are in the profession because they want to help people. But like everyone else, they should be held accountable when they make a mistake.

If you or your loved one have been harmed at the hands of a military physician or staff member please reach out to us.  Injuries related to medical, dental, or other healthcare related injuries may be eligible to seek compensation. To read our FAQs about this developing case click here.

Keep Your Baby Healthy | National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Much like a new year, learning that you’re pregnant is a time full of wonder and excitement. 

A baby, despite their small size, changes almost everything. There’s a lot that goes into preparing for your little one, but really the #1 concern for most parents is how to keep their baby healthy.

You may not have known it, but January is actually National Birth Defects Prevention Month. What a great time of year to reflect on some practical tips that can help keep you and your baby healthy throughout pregnancy and delivery. Knowledge is power, so keep reading to learn more!

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Prevent Birth Defects & Keep Your Baby Healthy

Each year, around 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect. To give you more perspective, this means that 1 in every 33 babies is born with an abnormality.  That’s a lot. Birth defects affect a child’s health and can alter their physicality, intellect, and development. Thankfully the CDC has many helpful recommendations that help prevent birth defects.

Here’s a few steps you should take once you learn you’re pregnant:

► Since you just received the good news, there’s no better time than now to select your doctor and schedule an appointment. Your doctor should be able to answer all of your questions and they’ll also see you for checkups throughout your pregnancy.

► It’s really important to steer clear of substances like alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. If you’re planning on getting pregnant, avoid them before trying to conceive. None of these substances are safe for your baby. 

► Check with your doctor about the prescription medications you currently take. Professional counsel can help discern whether certain medications are safe or not. Some medications actually cause birth defects, so due diligence is vital.

► It’s also recommended that you get your flu and Tdap vaccinations during each pregnancy to help prevent illness. Not all vaccinations are safe to receive during pregnancy, so always consult with your doctor first.

Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a difficult time in a woman’s life. With so many changes happening all at once it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t forget to take time for yourself…prop those feet up and relax. Why? Because you deserve it, simple as that.

To keep you and your baby healthy, keep these tips in mind:

►According to the CDC, “Most women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day to help prevent birth defects. Women who might have pregnancies at high risk for certain birth defects should talk to their doctor about the right amount of folic acid for them.” Folic acid is a B-vitamin found in multivitamins and foods like breads and breakfast cereals.

►Consult with your doctor if you’re traveling abroad. According to the CDC, “Pregnant women can generally travel safely with a little preparation. But they should avoid some destinations, including those with Zika and malaria risk.” (Many diseases, including Zika and malaria, can cause birth defects and learning disabilities.)

►Prepare raw food items with great care, wash your hands during the cooking process, and avoid being around people that are sick. Infections can travel to the baby and cause birth defects.

Keeping a healthy diet and getting your recommended amount of exercise will keep you on the right track to a successful pregnancy. Be sure to visit the CDC’s website where you can read many more tips on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy. 

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Avoiding (& Identifying) Malpractice

So we’ve discussed a number of ways to protect your baby before birth, but how do you protect your baby during birth?  Unfortunately medical errors and negligence are very real and prevalent problems. Conditions like cerebral palsy and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy sometimes happen because of a careless mistake. 

Sadly, mistakes like these are usually unavoidable. But here’s some tips that can be helpful in a medical setting:

► Have a family member or friend there with you. Beyond the emotional support they can provide, their presence helps keep the medical staff accountable. When you’re under an anesthetic or incapacitated, a friend can help ensure you receive prompt and thorough care. An extra set of ears and eyes is almost always a good thing.

► Unfortunately not all doctors have good bedside manner. If your doctor says something that’s confusing or you don’t understand, ask them to clarify. You deserve to know exactly what’s going on, treatments that are taking place, and what to expect during the process. Being aware can help you avoid malpractice in some cases, and identify it in others. 

► Doctors make mistakes, so stay attentive to anything that feels off. If you need to, ask for a second opinion. Don’t worry about hurting your physicians feelings, you and your baby’s health are far too important.

► Stay in tune with your body. Be aware of symptoms, changes, and effects in you or your child’s health. Communicate these with your doctor to make sure they’re paying attention to your needs and are providing the care you deserve. Take note when they’re not, both for prevention and worst case, future legal action.

► Again, staying aware and in the loop helps prevent malpractice, so don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions, and even take notes if something seems off.

January, National Birth Defects Prevention Month, is a great time of year to both refresh your personal knowledge, and to promote awareness in your community. Together, we can help decrease the likelihood of birth defects and keep moms and babies healthier!

How Doctors Legally (And Illegally) Cover Up Malpractice

You made it home. Five long days in the hospital, and home was the only thing you could think of.

But suddenly there’s a sharp pain in your stomach. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. You wrack your brain…”Did I take my medicine on time? Did I follow her instructions? Maybe I wasn’t supposed to eat yet…”

A few consults later with another physician and the truth comes to light. Your doctor didn’t just make a mistake that injured you. She hid it to protect herself. But the secrets don’t stop there. Did you know that doctors can hide their mistakes legally as well?

The Stats

Because of incredibly long hours and the general stress of the job, medical errors have become increasingly common. Out of fear of legal consequences, many doctors choose to hide their mistakes.

► More than 1 out of 10 patients are harmed over the course of their medical care. *

► Medical errors result in 250,000 deaths each year. *

► More than 7 out of 10 doctors say they’d admit little or nothing if they made a medical error, and most say they wouldn’t even apologize. *

That means we’ll never know precisely how often doctors make mistakes, because many if not most of them will hide it if they can. Or best case, “admit little.” Yikes. Back to your story.

Differences Between Settling & Going To Court

So. You find out about your doctor’s malpractice and decide to do something about it. You find the right lawyer and suddenly, the ball’s in your court. You have strong evidence and a solid case. They know you’ll win, so they offer you a substantial amount to settle. Finally, your doctor will own up to her mistake and you can move on with your life, right?

Well, not exactly.

Settlements, as you may know, are when cases don’t go to trial. They’re instead resolved outside of the courtroom.  Settlements can get the issue decided, put more money in your pocket, and resolve conflict in the shortest amount of time. The thing is, they usually involve a payment made by the defendant without admitting any fault. So you get justice, just not exactly all of it.

Trials represent a chance for more closure, but are a much lengthier, expensive, and are a public process involving more risk (but potentially more reward.) Litigation costs and attorney fees can add up, eclipsing the additional money gained from the jury award.

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The Disturbing Side Of Settling

For starters, settlements keep the issue private. County records will show the case was dismissed, omitting any further details.

The general public is left completely in the dark. Future patients don’t have access to databases like the “National Practitioner’s Data Bank”, which reports settlements and payments made by hospitals and doctors. Since the general public doesn’t have access to this information, malpractice is kept out of sight and out of mind. Future patient’s should know what they’re getting into, right? But how can they?

Settling can also keep you in the dark. No one has to give you the specific details of your own malpractice case.

The flip side, is that settlements can be a great way to end the case quickly and to keep things as drama-free as possible. Plus, there’s no risk of losing the trial. You get compensated, and that’s the biggest thing for many if not most people.

But sometimes, going to trial is the only option.

When To Go To Trial

Trials are when you decide to take your claim to court, allowing a jury of your peers to decide the monetary damages and who is at fault, along with a judge, attorneys, witnesses, and the use of testimonies.

For some, it can be critical to put their doctor’s wrongdoings on public record. It’s the best way to ensure the safety of other patients and the best way to avoid future incidents from happening again.

The fact remains that less than 7% of cases involving doctor malpractice go to a jury. It can also take years to process, which can be a demotivating factor when deciding whether to go to trial or not.

Despite this, taking your doctor or hospital to court over medical malpractice advocates publicly for higher levels of accountability in the professional world, and upholds a standard that is important to maintain.

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Discerning Your Best Option

You’ve certainly felt the gravity of your physicians mistake. It affects your health, finances, and emotions, among other things. You deserve justice, no matter what form it takes.

If you face the decision to settle or go to court, just know that it’s not always black and white. It’s a deeply personal decision that only you can make. Your lawyer will be there to explain the pros and cons of each decision and to help you select the best option.

If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out the rest of our blog where you can find other informative posts. As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to discuss pursuing a case.

The Scary Side Of Anesthesia: Mistakes, Awareness, Paralysis & More

This isn’t the Wild West. No, gone are the days where you reach for a shot of whiskey and clench a twig between your teeth. It’s nearly the year 2020 and we’ve got a MUCH  better way to deal with pain.

We’re talking about Anesthesia, the amazing gift that modern medicine has sealed with a bow and gifted us. Something almost all of us can be thankful for…unless you’re one of the few who’ve experienced it’s terrors.

In this article we’re going to talk about the scary side of Anesthesia…the side we hope you never have to experience.  But first let’s dig deeper into what Anesthesia is and how it helps patients.

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The Purpose of Anesthesia

Most healthcare professionals are amazing. They work long hours and deal with stressful situations, all while doing their best to keep patients comfortable and healthy. One of the tools they routinely use is anesthesia. A combination of medications administered through a vein or breathed in, anesthesia is what keeps patients relaxed or even asleep during surgery. 

In case you weren’t aware, there’s actually three forms of anesthesia:

  • General anesthesia – Used for major surgeries, this is where you’re completely unconscious and unable to move your body; deep asleep and unaware of what’s happening. 
  • Regional anesthesia – Think a C-section, where a large part of the body is numb, but you’re still awake. 
  • Local anesthesia – Nearly the same as regional anesthesia, except the area under anesthesia is smaller. Local anesthesia is what dentists and eye surgeons routinely use.

When Anesthesia Goes Wrong

Anesthesiologists are responsible for giving patients the correct dose and combination of medications. They’re also there to monitor vital signs. Their job is incredibly important and surgeons rely heavily on their expertise. 

Now, for the most part they do an incredible job, but sometimes things go wrong. Maybe the body just reacts in an unpredictable way and it’s no one’s fault. Other times complications occur because someone didn’t do their job. Maybe they weren’t paying close attention or forgot to do something important.

Something important like:

  • Giving too high or too low of a dose.
  • Not tracking the patient throughout the procedure.
  • Failure to inform the patient how to prepare for surgery. 
  • Turning off the pulse oximeter alarm. (This is the device that is usually clamped on your fingertip. It sounds an alert if your heart isn’t pumping enough oxygen to your vital organs.)
  • Failure to recognize complications as they develop. Anesthesiologists should be paying close attention to your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc.

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Anesthesia Side Effects:

There are a wide variety of side effects. Based on the severity of the medical error and how the body responds, mistakes range from trivial to catastrophic. In some cases they’re even fatal, which is all the more reason anesthesiologists need to exercise extreme caution. Here’s a list of varying side effects:

  • Postoperative pain
  • Nausea
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Sore throat
  • Brain damage from a lack of oxygen
  • Tooth damage
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hypotension
  • Breathing problems
  • Nerve injury
  • Heart attack
  • Death

Have you ever heard of anesthesia awareness?  This is another scary complication where a patient may wake up in the middle of surgery. Unable to speak or move, they have no way to tell the staff what’s happening. Sometimes patients not only hear what’s going on, but feel it. Talk about a nightmare. Patients that have lived through this describe it as horrifying. Take this story from CNN for example:

When Carol Weiher was having her right eye surgically removed in 1998, she woke up hearing disco music. The next thing she heard was ‘Cut deeper, pull harder.’

She desperately wanted to scream or even move a finger to signal to doctors that she was awake, but the muscle relaxant she’d received prevented her from controlling her movements.

‘I was doing a combination of praying and pleading and cursing and screaming, and trying anything I could do but I knew that there was nothing that was working,’ said Weiher, of Reston, Virginia.

Even after surgery, anesthesia awareness can provoke severe emotional distress, and patients may even develop PTSD. 

What to do if You’re a Victim of Malpractice

Anesthesiologists are experts in their field, we all know that. But they make mistakes like everyone else. If you’re the victim of medical malpractice, and the anesthesiologist made an error, they should be held accountable.

Medical errors are unfortunate no matter the severity. They can effect your body in a long term ways, change your emotional state, and seriously alter the trust you once had in medical professionals.

If you or a loved one are the victim of malpractice, it’s important to take swift action. In most malpractice suits there’s a statute of limitations; your time frame  to pursue legal action.

If you have any questions or you’d like to pursue legal action, please contact us. You don’t have to just accept what happened to you. You have the right to defend yourself or your loved one, and claim justice.