Patients who go to hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers for procedures understand that they will have anesthesia administered. Typically this is overseen by an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist. All surgery carries unavoidable risk, but if a medical professional makes an error by administering the wrong dose or type of anesthesia, that is an error that could and should have been prevented.
Anesthesia errors can cause severe disability or even death during otherwise routine surgical procedures. When medical professionals observe the acknowledged standard of care, the administration of anesthesia is almost always a safe process. When anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists violate this standard of care, any harm caused is the result of negligence—medical malpractice.
Incorrect anesthesia dosages can cause brain trauma, paralysis, nerve damage, coma, cardiac arrest, and even death. These errors frequently occur if a patient has not been properly monitored or as a result of insufficient or incorrect documentation in the patient's record. In some instances, records may be altered later to cover up a nurse's or doctor's error.
However an anesthesiology error occurs, if it is the result of negligence, the injured patient and family deserve to have the responsible party held accountable for his or her actions.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we understand the shock and devastation anesthesia errors can leave in their wake: even if the patient survives, there may be months of recovery and the medical bills to go with them, not to mention lost income and function. If the patient dies as a result of the medical malpractice, the family's grief is likely to be compounded by the financial burden caused by the anesthesia error. Over and over, we hear from our clients that they just want their life back the way it was before. Our mission is to make that happen as much as is possible.
Oregon medical malpractice cases, including anesthesia errors, are highly complex and technical. Most attorneys don't accept these cases because so much time, effort, and resources must go into preparing a successful case. At Huegli Fraser PC, we work with top medical experts who can help analyze whether an injury or death was truly the result of malpractice, and we know how to communicate that evidence to a jury so they see the case from our perspective. Our attorneys have a combined 45 years of experience in the field of medical malpractice. Our record of success for our patients is long and includes numerous recoveries in excess of a million dollars. In total, we have recovered over 100 million dollars for our clients.
Profound injury from an anesthesia error or other medical malpractice can make patients and their families feel that life is spinning out of control. At Huegli Fraser PC, we work to secure a good financial recovery for our clients, and also to empower them to move forward with their lives. What makes us different is that we work together as a team, and we make our clients a part of that team, educating them and involving them in the decisions that affect them. Our clients are more than just case files to us, and we're honored that our relationship with many clients has endured long after the work they hired us for has successfully concluded.
If you believe that you, or a loved one, has suffered injury from an anesthesia error, don't wait and wonder if there's any way to find out or to do anything about it. Get the support of experienced Portland anesthesia malpractice attorneys. Huegli Fraser PC will help you analyze whether you have a viable medical malpractice case, give you our candid opinion, and guide you through what comes next.
Huegli Fraser PC serves Portland and the surrounding area, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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