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Chicago Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyer

Every year, thousands of patients suffer from anesthesia complications during surgery. Although potential complications are rare during a surgical procedure, they can be life-threatening and result in permanent harm or even death.

According to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, there were over 400 deaths caused by anesthesia-related incidents per year between 2011 and 2015.

A personal injury attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC will know how to investigate your case and determine whether you have a strong claim against the anesthesiologist who provided your treatment.

Contact our experienced anesthesia malpractice lawyers at our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.

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Did your doctors fail to provide proper care under the circumstances? If so, you might be able to hold them accountable through a lawsuit seeking compensation for their negligence.

Thanks to modern anesthetic drugs, countless surgeries and medical procedures are effectively performed daily.

Anesthesiologists may use a local anesthetic, general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, or a spinal anesthetic to sedate the patient and control pain during open and laparoscopic surgery. Deciding on the type of anesthetic administered is a decision for the surgeon and anesthesiologist.

In some anesthesia malpractice cases, the anesthesiologist or surgeon fails to follow established protocols or chooses the correct type of medication to use, resulting in severe injury or preventable death.

Illinois Medical Malpractice Attorney Pursuing Medical Mistakes

The Chicago anesthesia malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC appreciate the complexities accompanying modern anesthetic techniques yet are fully ready to prosecute situations involving permanent severe injuries or death under Illinois malpractice law.

We invite you to speak with our anesthesia malpractice lawyers at our office to free consultation regarding your legal options involving your devastating injuries caused by medical malpractice.

When doctors have injured you, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side. Our legal team has years of experience representing victims and holding health care providers accountable for their surgical mistakes.

Our anesthesia malpractice attorneys currently represent clients who have suffered an anesthesia injury throughout the United States and practice areas of Illinois, and in Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Winnebago County, and Peoria County.

Anesthesiologists Failing to Closely Monitor Patients During Major Surgical Procedures

When a patient undergoes surgery, the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will administer anesthesia medications to maintain unconsciousness during the procedure. The anesthesia team must constantly monitor the patient's vital signs and document what is happening during surgery in the anesthesiologist's notes.

Properly monitoring the patient can avoid anesthesia awareness, a rare occurrence where surgical patients experience pain while under anesthesia. Typically anesthesia awareness could lead to emotional distress, mental trauma, intense pain, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Delayed anesthesia or administering too little anesthetizing medication often produce a similar outcome of realizing what is happening during surgery and feeling the pain.

Most incidents involving patient injury from anesthesiologist errors are due to the staff failing to properly monitor the patient before, during, or after anesthesia is administered.

Improper ventilation, improper intubation, and respiratory problems are the three leading surgical error causes of death, serious injury, or brain damage during surgical procedures.

 

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Uncovering What Went Wrong During a Medical Procedure

Anesthetic errors may not be apparent based on the type of injury sustained by the patient. Therefore, the Chicago anesthesiologist malpractice attorneys work with leading medical experts to review clients' medical charts to determine what anesthesia errors occurred during the surgical procedure.

Most severe surgical error incidents with anesthesiologists have been attributed to respiratory complications after administering anesthesia to the patient. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) compiles data on closed medical malpractice cases to learn and improve anesthesiology standards and reduce surgical errors.

This data shows that respiratory events in death and brain damage cases were the most common, making up 45% of the malpractice claims. Cardiac events, like heart attacks, followed up in the malpractice claim category comprising 25% of filed claims.

Possibility of Medical Mistakes With General Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, or Local Anesthesia

The following conditions are associated with medication errors and common injuries at medical facilities, meriting further investigation:

A Columbia University study revealed 2,211 deaths related to anesthetics over six years. Anesthetic errors caused an average of over 300 deaths per year as a primary or contributing factor.

The main reasons found for the deaths were as follows:

  • 46.6% from an anesthesia overdose
  • 42.5% of adverse effects from anesthetics in the therapeutic use
  • 3.6% during pregnancy/labor
  • 7.3% from other complications

Although fatalities are relatively rare from anesthetics- it does happen. This study showed that the most common cause of death was an overdose, which might have been an error on the administrating anesthesiologist, who did not closely monitor the patient's blood pressure and other vital signs.

Those who survive an incident are often left with brain injury and other disabling conditions. If your loved one has suffered a severe complication during surgery and you have questions about your legal rights, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today for a free case review.

Sample Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Verdicts & Settlements Involving Anesthesiologists

$950,000 Settlement; Hospital Negligence, Wrongful Death Case; Macon County, Illinois

A forty-year-old man with several pre-existing conditions, including obesity and long-term smoking problems, entered a Macon, Illinois, hospital to receive treatment for a cyst. The medical team placed the middle-aged patient under a general anesthetic but used too much, causing life-threatening complications.

The medical malpractice mistake caused him to experience cardiac arrest before he died from the incident. Doctors listed the cause of death as anoxic brain injury.

His surviving parents and two siblings filed a civil lawsuit citing medical negligence and preventable death against the treating professionals and the hospital. In addition, the plaintiff's attorney alleged preventable surgical errors caused the man's death. Both parties settled privately for $950,000.

$4,200,000 Settlement; Malpractice Lawsuit; Chicago Illinois

A seventy-year-old patient experienced numbness down one side of the body after the procedure. Her attorney stated that the medical professionals improperly used an anesthetic and caused the victim to have a hypoperfusion stroke.

Afterward, she needed a cane to walk. While healing, the victim generated more than $250,000 in medical expenses to correct the negligence issue. The defendants countered the attorneys' anesthesia malpractice claims stating that the problem arose when plaque broke free from the carotid artery.

The medical team maintained that this is simply a common side effect of their reasonable efforts. The woman filed a medical negligence case in Cook County, Illinois. The anesthesiologist's negligence case went to trial, and the jury awarded her $4.6 million.

However, the defense attorneys negotiated a post-trial settlement of $4.2 million to stop the appeal process and litigation. As a result, the victim received financial compensation for legal expenses, medical bills, long-term pain, disability, and related harm arising from the medical mistake.

$2,250,000 Settlement; Anesthesia Errors/Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit; McHenry County, Illinois

A fifty-nine-year-old woman appeared at the hospital to receive treatment and care but allegedly died from malpractice. The a for her estate claimed that the victim died from her anesthesia injuries.

The legal documents argued that her death resulted from preventable medical errors when doctors gave her a lethal dose of lidocaine using an anesthetic. The attorney's narrative stated that the medication put her into cardiac shock.

The shock led to brain injuries and later a preventable death. The personal injury attorneys handling her case faced $450,000 in medical care and hospital bills, not including funeral and burial expenses.

The defendants' lawyers representing the hospital, medical team, and anesthesiologist told a different story. The medical professionals complained that her obesity, arterial blockage, and renal disease were the culprits for her downfall.

The plaintiffs objected to the defendant's story, countering that there were clear-cut failures by the medical staff, including the excessive use of Lidocaine.

Both the plaintiff and defendants agreed to a negotiated $2,250,000. The hospital paid much of the settlement, and the remainder from the medical provider charged with an error when anesthesia was administered.

Anesthesia Error Malpractice FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions about anesthesia malpractice cases in Chicago, Illinois. However, we appreciate that you may have additional questions about your loved one's care.

Consequently, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free consultation with an experienced Chicago anesthesia mistakes attorney.

Why Does It Take So Long to Wake up From An Anesthetic?

Waking up from an anesthetic affects different people differently. There are various patient factors, the type of medication you took, painful stimulation, and the duration of their surgery.

Typically, the time it takes to wake up is due to the anesthetic agents and drugs that the anesthesiologists gave the patient during the peri-operative time.

What are the Symptoms of Too Much Anesthesia?

Medication overdose produces common side effects, including respiratory distress, vomiting, nausea, seizures, hallucinations, hypothermia, dementia, physical impairment, mental impairment, and prolonged unconsciousness.

Can You Have a Delayed Reaction to An Anesthetic?

Reacting to anesthetic medications does happen, but it is infrequent. An estimated one out of every 10,000 cases experience a reaction to an anesthetic medication.

Delayed reactions are even rarer and often do not create long-term problems. Most anesthesiologists received training to recognize the common signs of an allergic reaction quickly.

What are the Side Effects of Too Much Anesthesia?

Generally, patients who experience a reaction to anesthetic medications will have noticeable symptoms that include a rash, hives, coughing, mild shortness of breath, swelling around the lips, eyes, or face (angioedema), itchy skin, and a mild drop in blood pressure.

How Long Does it Take for General Anesthesia to Get Out of Your System?

Generally, the body can eliminate all drugs for more than a week. However, the most noticeable effects of anesthetic medications are no longer detectable after approximately twenty-four hours.

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Hiring an Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Unlike other negligence cases, anesthetic error claims may not always be apparent. Therefore, our attorneys review medical records and operative reports from most error cases.

Is your loved one a victim of anesthesia errors from surgery or nursing home? If so, our experienced Illinois negligence attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help by providing formal legal advice to hold the responsible party accountable.

Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to get a free case evaluation and learn what help may be available to you and your family. All discussions you have with our Illinois practice areas anesthesia medical malpractice attorneys will remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

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