Surgery is daunting and stressful enough without the prospect of something going wrong. A patient’s blood pressure should be monitored during and after surgery to make sure it does not reach unsafe levels, which can cause serious health risks. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a medical professional’s failure to maintain blood pressure, you need to seek the help of a seasoned Baltimore medical negligence attorney who can assess the merits of your case.
Blood pressure measures the force of the heart pump at delivering oxygen-rich blood to the tissues. When blood pressure is too high, the heart has to work too hard to deliver blood. When blood pressure is too low, the heart is not pushing blood through the body with enough force for sufficient blood circulation. During a surgical procedure, anesthesiologists must monitor patients’ blood pressure to make sure it remains steady and stable. When blood pressure is not properly monitored, parts of your body may not be getting enough blood, leading to paralysis or amputations. After surgery, patients need to be monitored to avoid potentially lethal post-op complications.
The failure of an anesthesiologist to act reasonably may be considered medical malpractice if it results in harm to the patient. Put another way, medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider causes an injury or death to a patient by failing to act how a reasonably prudent health care provider in the same specialty would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. The causal connection between the health care provider’s actions or lack thereof and the harm suffered by the patient is typically the key to winning these cases.
If medical malpractice is established, the plaintiff can recover a variety of damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, long term therapy, and any other out of pocket expenses. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will be able to recover will depend on the nature and extent of the injuries that are suffered as a result of the malpractice.
Medical malpractice cases have strict time limits, known as statutes of limitations. Generally, a patient has five years from the date of the injury or three years from when the injury was discovered, whichever is earlier, to file a case in civil court. If you do not file within the statute of limitations, you could lose your legal right to file a lawsuit altogether.
If you suspect that a medical professional has been negligent in his or her observation of your blood pressure during or after surgery, ultimately resulting in injuries, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our skilled medical malpractice team can review all the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim. We have years of experience, and consequently understand how to navigate these types of claims. To discuss your potential malpractice case in more detail, call 410-889-1850 or reach out by contacting us online.
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