Medical Malpractice in Fort Lauderdale – Know Your Anesthesiologist
When a resident of Fort Lauderdale files a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a botched surgical procedure, the anesthesiologist is often named as well as the leading surgeon. Most people will thoroughly research the surgeon who is going to perform the operation but almost nobody researches the anesthesiologist.
The anesthesiologist is a key player in any surgery. He or she is responsible for not only the mixture of chemicals but monitoring fluids, breathing, airway management and responding to anesthesia emergencies. In other words, this health provider is responsible for keeping you alive while you are under.
A mistake made by an anesthesiologist can result in brain damage, heart attack, stroke or even death. If you are considering a surgical procedure we encourage you to investigate his or her reputation as thoroughly as you will the surgeon. It might come as a major surprise that your anesthesiologist isn’t even an MD!
When Health Care Providers Care More About Their Bottom Line Than You
Some, not all, hospitals have cut costs by having nurse anesthesiologists handling the function with a qualified MD anesthesiologist "supervising" multiple nurses in different operating rooms simultaneously. This practice has spread to the offices of some surgeons who not only cut out the cost of a qualified MD, but the cost of using hospital facilities by conducting surgical procedures in their office.
The American Medical Association estimates that an astounding 225,000 people die from medical malpractice each year. Mistakes made in anesthesia are the fourth leading cause of those deaths.
Our first piece of advice is if you are scheduled for a surgical operation, find out what the qualifications of the anesthesiologist are. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of malpractice seek legal representation now!
Florida’s malpractice laws are complicated and the sooner you engage a malpractice lawyer the better. At Martin, Lister & Alvarez we specialize in malpractice lawsuits and have the demonstrated experience and success to assure our clients of a vigorous effort to obtain a fair and just settlement or judgment for the injuries they have suffered.
If you feel you are the victim of malpractice, send us the details on your case and we will be happy to review them and offer our opinion on what your next step should be.