Powerful Drugs. Great Risk.
Anesthesia, like every other field of medicine, has made great advances over the last 50 years. The array of machinery, techniques and medications available to anesthesiologists today would have been inconceivable even 25 years ago.
But none of it – not the medications, or the techniques, or the advanced machines – makes any difference if the anesthesiologist isn’t paying attention or is cutting corners. The rules that anesthesiologists learn today were literally bought with the lives of patients who died because mistakes were made. Doctors learned from those deaths and, year by year, anesthesia became safer and better.
But not if the doctors don’t follow the rules that are there for the patient’s safety. And not if they aren’t paying attention.
A patient under general anesthesia is literally on the edge of death, kept there only by the careful administration of drugs and constant vigilance of the anesthesiologist and operating room staff. A moment’s carelessness can kill or seriously injure a patient.
Any anesthesiologist is required to folow safety rules to ensure that his patients are not injured. These rules are taught in medical school and in the advanced training that every anesthesiologist receives. There are rules for what patients should receive anesthetic, what type of drugs should be used, how much oxygen should be administered, and even how patients should be positioned on the operating room table.
When these rules get broken, that is medical malpractice. Sometimes a safety rule can be broken and the patient is lucky. All too often, though, when anesthesia safety rules are broken, people die or are badly hurt.
At Polewski & Associates, we have handled medical malpractice cases where patients were seriously brain damaged or died due to medical malpractice in general anesthesia. We have had clients who were crippled for life because an injection of anesthetic was done incorrectly, and instead of deadening a leg or arm for hours it paralyzed a limb for life.
Different Cases, Same Story
Every single one of the anesthesia malpractice cases we have handled at Polewski & Associates has one thing in common: The anesthesiologist wasn’t paying attention, or he failed to follow basic safety rules.
Making Things Better
The injuries caused by anesthesia malpractice can be devastating. Families are often wiped out financially as well as emotionally. Every doctor has medical malpractice insurance precisely to compensate families hurt by malpractice. If you or your family has suffered from anesthesiologist malpractice, that insurance is there for you.
But your case is about more than money. It's about making sure that what happened to you doesn’t happen again. Your community needs to have the medical safety rules enforced, so that what happened to you doesn’t happen to some other innocent patient and their family. Literally, your medical malpractice suit could save the life of a person you will never even meet.
Contact Us Today
If you think that you may have an anesthesia medical malpractice case, contact us right now. There are rules that limit the time you have to file your suit. Every day you wait is a day that it could be too late to file suit, or the day that a key piece of evidence is lost. There is no reason to wait: the consultation and the call are free.
Call us now at 501-404-0062. We can help.