Albuquerque Anesthesia & Intubation Errors Lawyer
Most surgeries are not possible without intubating a patient and placing him or her under anesthesia. When an anesthesia or intubation error takes place, it can compromise the entire procedure and cause serious patient injuries and deaths. If you or a loved one is a victim of one of these types of medical malpractice, please contact The Fine Law Firm to request a free consultation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We can help you get through this difficult time using personalized legal services that fight for justice and fair financial compensation.
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What Is an Anesthesia Error?
An anesthesia error refers to a preventable or careless mistake made by an anesthesiologist, resulting in injury, harm or death to a patient. Anesthesiologists have complicated jobs. They must carefully analyze a patient’s medical history and physical makeup to calculate the exact mixture and amount of anesthesia that is safe for the patient while also rendering the patient unconscious for the operation.
Any amount of negligence or carelessness during this process can result in a patient receiving too much or not enough anesthesia. Too much can cause serious brain damage to the patient. Not enough anesthesia can lead to anesthesia awareness, where a patient wakes up during a surgery and is aware of what’s happening but cannot move or speak. This can cause significant emotional and psychological distress.
What Is an Intubation Error?
Intubation is the process of placing a tube in a patient’s windpipe so that a machine can breathe for the patient in an emergency situation or during a surgery. When intubating a patient, the physician must use care to properly insert the tube into the patient’s trachea and correctly pair it with anesthesia. If the health care provider makes a mistake when intubating a patient, the patient may not receive the correct amount of oxygen or anesthesia.
It is extremely important for a medical practitioner to correctly intubate a patient and administer the right amount and dosage of anesthesia for an operation or procedure. Any mistake or lapse in judgment during these processes can compromise the patient’s health and safety. Common injuries suffered because of these mistakes include:
- Respiratory injuries
- Cuts, scrapes or punctures inside of the mouth or airway
- Damage to the larynx
- Tooth damage
- Nerve damage
- Brain hypoxia (diminished oxygen)
- Brain anoxia (total lack of oxygen)
- Traumatic or acquired brain injuries
- Permanent brain damage
- Coma or death
If you or someone you love suffered any type of injury or infection that you believe is connected to a preventable anesthesia or intubation error, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Mexico could compensate your family for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of bringing a lawsuit, and more.
Free Medical Malpractice Evaluation in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Find out if you have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Albuquerque during a free initial consultation with an attorney from The Fine Law Firm. We have over 40 years of experience representing clients during medical malpractice claims. Our lawyers can guide you through the legal process while answering your questions and protecting your rights and best interests.
Learn more about intubation and anesthesia errors, or medical malpractice law in general, by contacting our attorneys today. Call (505) 889-3463 or send us an online message for your free case review.