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Intubation Malpractice Attorney

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Oxygen is essential to life. Although the human body can survive without food or water, it cannot survive without oxygen. Because of this, when an individual cannot breathe on his or her own, intubation must occur. Intubation is often necessary to ensure that those that are under anesthesia, sedation, or suffering from severe illness can have the oxygen that they need to live.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people who have contracted the virus have suffered significant respiratory complications. Many of the people who have been hospitalized with the coronavirus have had to be intubated.

Intubation is a medical procedure; although the procedure is supposed to be lifesaving, the procedure could go wrong due to the actions of medical professionals. Errors with intubation can have significant complications; in fact, intubation errors can even be fatal in some cases.

Did you or a member of your family suffer intubation malpractice? Regardless of the specific harm resulting from the intubation malpractice, you and your family might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the details surrounding the incident and the resulting harm, you might have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim or a wrongful death claim.

If you are interested in learning more about your right to pursue a claim for the intubation malpractice that you or a member of your family suffered at the hands of alleged medical professionals, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. You can trust the intubation malpractice attorneys at Kenmore Law Firm to provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome.

Kenmore Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, including medical malpractice claims. Our lawyers have successfully represented victims and their families after suffering harm associated with medical incompetence. Are you interested in discussing your current situation with the experts at our firm? If so, do not hesitate to contact us at Kenmore Law Group at your earliest convenience. When you contact us, you can trust that our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim. Whether the malpractice occurred in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, the Bay Area, or Fresno, you can trust that our lawyers will provide you with the information that you need to pursue your claim.

About Intubation Procedures

Intubation is a medical procedure that is used when the patient cannot breathe on his or her own. During the intubation process, a medical professional places a tube down your throat and into the windpipe. The tube is connected to a ventilator which pumps oxygen into your lungs to ensure that your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels remain healthy. Patients could be intubated for many reasons, including being under general anesthesia (as the anesthesia could prevent patients from breathing on their own), having an injury or illness that makes it difficult for the patient to breathe independently, or undergoing an emergency procedure, for instance. Typically, intubation is a simple process that should not take more than five minutes to complete; however, certain complications could arise.

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What Can Go Wrong with Intubation?

Unfortunately, intubation is associated with a number of significant complications. Some of the complications that patients could suffer associated with an intubation procedure include the following:

  • Brain damage
  • Cuts in the inside of the mouth (when the scope is inserted into the mouth)
  • Damage to teeth (when the scope is inserted into the mouth)
  • Failing to place the tube in the airway
  • Failure to find/identify landmarks (to ensure proper intubation)
  • Hypoxia
  • Injury to lungs (which can potentially cause lung collapse)
  • Injury to the esophagus (including bruised esophagus)
  • Injury to the throat and/or voice box (resulting in a painful/sore throat or vocal cord paralysis)
  • Injury to the trachea
  • Lung infections and/or pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Unnecessary delay in intubation

Although some of the points mentioned above might not pose a severe threat to victims, other points can result in significant harm. In fact, some of the complications associated with intubation malpractice can be fatal. The goal of intubation is to ensure that the patient gets enough oxygen. If a medical mistake results in failed intubation or incorrect incubation, the patient could quickly be deprived of oxygen and suffer dangerous complications.

Regardless of the specific harm that you or a member of your family suffered as a result of a intubation malpractice, you should speak with an intubation malpractice attorney as soon as possible. More specifically, you should explore the legal options available to you to learn more about whether you could file a lawsuit for intubation malpractice. If you would like to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm, contact us today.

Who Is Liable?

Who is liable for intubation malpractice? Depending on the situation, doctors and hospitals alike can be liable for intubation malpractice. This is based on the concept of medical negligence as well as vicarious liability.

All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. They have the duty to exercise care and diligence when treating their patients. This means that they must ensure that they perform procedures correctly and that they do not do anything to harm their patients. Unfortunately, medical professionals can breach their duty of care. They can act carelessly or recklessly resulting in medical mistakes that could result in harm to patients. When the actions of a nurse or doctor directly leads to the harm that a patient suffers, they could face liability based on medical negligence. Based on vicarious liability, the employer that hired the at-fault doctor or nurse – which is typically the hospital – can also be liable.

What does this mean? You might have grounds to sue the doctor or hospital for the intubation malpractice that you experienced. If you are interested in learning more about doctor liability or hospital liability for death or injury caused by failed intubation, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.

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What Can You Do?

What should you do after you or a member of your family suffered harm associated with intubation malpractice? Without a doubt, anyone who has been subject to medical malpractice should seek multiple medical opinions. If the victim has already passed, there should be a thorough autopsy performed to be able to prove that the harm suffered was associated with malpractice. If there are clear physical injuries, photographs should be taken. Victims and surviving family should also gather all medical records associated with the incident. If there are witnesses to the malpractice, you should speak to them and gather their contact information (this can be difficult because witnesses are typically colleagues of the doctor). Last but not least, you should ensure that you have the necessary legal representation. You should discuss your situation with a medical malpractice attorney immediately. If you are interested in learning more about what you should do to ensure that you can pursue your medical malpractice claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.

You Could Be Eligible to Recover Compensation

If you or a member of your family suffered harm associated with intubation malpractice, you could sue – you could even be eligible to recover compensation if your claim is successful. Could you really be eligible to recover monetary compensation? What could you be eligible to receive?

Based on the details surrounding your medical malpractice claim, you and your family could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees

The type and amount of compensation that you could receive will always be based on the details surrounding your claim; therefore, the best thing that you could do is to discuss the details surrounding your claim with a medical malpractice attorney. At our firm, our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. You can trust that our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover.

File Your Claim Quickly – Understanding the Statute of Limitations

Are you ready to sue the doctor or hospital for the intubation malpractice that you or a member of your family suffered? If so, it is essential that you act quickly – as your claim is subject to a struct deadline. All claims, including medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims; if they do not file their claims on time, they could lose their right to sue.

How long do you have to sue? What deadline applies to your medical malpractice claim? In California, medical malpractice claims are subject to the following deadlines:

  • Three years from the date on injury
  • One year after the discovery of the injury

What if you are pursuing a wrongful death claim? Wrongful death claims are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations.

To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to pursue your claim, the best thing that you can do is to speak with a lawyer. The intubation injury lawyers at our firm are ready to evaluate your claim and help you file your claim within the appropriate length of time. Do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.

Contact Kenmore Law Firm Today

Are you in need of legal assistance after you or a member of your family experienced intubation malpractice? Whether the medical mistake resulted in permanent injury or death, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue after medical malpractice – including intubation malpractice – do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience. At Kenmore Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a positive claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the medical malpractice lawyers at our firm, do not hesitate to contact us today.

At our firm, we understand the difficulties and stress that come with deciding whether or not to pursue a claim. Therefore, we are dedicated to remaining accessible to all affected parties. To remain accessible, our firm offers free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations as well as free second opinions. During our free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all of your concerns. Our medical malpractice lawyers will be available to provide you with the information that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. Would you like to benefit from our free legal services? If so, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our lawyers today.

The free legal services mentioned above are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. Because of our Zero-Fee guarantee, our clients will not have to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome. If you do not win, you will not have to pay anything. Actually, you will never be required to pay anything out of pocket; when you win, all legal fees will come from the compensation that you are awarded.

If you are ready to discuss your claim with the medical malpractice experts at our firm, contact us today.

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