The doctor admitted that he gave the patient wrong anesthesia but said that’s not what caused his heart attack. You want to learn why the doctor changed my entire theory of liability when I had a chance to question him during his deposition Come join me for a moment as I share with you this remarkable story. Hi. I’m Gerry Oginski. I’m a New York Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Attorney practicing law here in the state of New York. This gentleman went in to have elective shoulder surgery and now in preparation for the surgery,.
The anesthesiologist comes in and begins to anesthetize him. He gives him a medication and within seconds the patient suffers a massive cardiac arrest and now he’s got to spend the next 1520 minutes trying to revive the patient. Ultimately, he does survive and then the patient brings a lawsuit against the hospital and the anesthesiologist. It was our theory of liability that this patient was allergic to the medication, that the anesthesiologist should have recognized that he was allergic to the medication, and never should have given it to the patient. Had he not done that he never would have had this cardiac arrest.
During the course of the lawsuit I did have an opportunity to question this anesthesiologist. I said to him, Doctor, are you aware that this patient was allergic to Lidocaine He said, No, I was not aware. I said, Did you bother to read the electronic medical records which indicate that this patient was allergic to medication He said, No, I only had the paper chart. Isn’t it good medical practice doctor to read all of the patient’s medical records His preop medical records Yes, it is. Had you known that this patient was allergic to Lidocaine would you still have given him.
BUSTED Doctor Admitted he Gave Wrong Anesthesia but Claims it Didnt Cause Heart Attack
Lidocaine to anesthetize him No, I wouldn’t. Would you agree doctor, that giving a patient a medication to which they are allergic to is a clear violation from the basic standards of medical practice Yes, I would. Isn’t it true that giving this patient the Lidocaine caused this heart attack He said, No, it’s not. I said, Excuse me Because that was our entire theory. That he gave the patient the medication he was allergic to, that the allergic reaction known as an anaphylactic reaction caused this patient to have a massive heart attack. He said. No, that’s not what.
Happened. I said, Explain doctor. As I’m preparing the Lidocaine, the injection, to go in to anesthetize him, now I use a special device, some sort of sonotwitch device, to make sure it’s in the correct place and then I administer the medication. I said, So, this injection is supposed to go in and you were going to give him the Lidocaine and you did give him the Lidocaine correct Yes. He said, But that’s not what triggered the reaction. I said, What’s the problem He said, Well, as I went in the device that I was using to locate where it was supposed.
To go wasn’t working. So I left the patient. Get this, he leaves the patient on the table with a needle sticking out of him, rather than calling an assistant, gets another device, comes and figures out the correct location. He then goes ahead and gives the injection and now within a fraction of a second this patient suffers cardiac arrest and now he’s got to revive him. I said, So what’s the problem He said, This patient didn’t have an allergic reaction. Now I asked him to explain that. He said, No. No. No. There was no allergic reaction.
Here. I said, Explain further. He said what happened was the needle injection, instead of going into the muscle, went into the patient’s blood stream and that created a toxic reaction to the heart. That should never happen. Ever. You know what’s amazing My expert confirmed that what this doctor was saying was absolutely true but the bottom line was that it didn’t make a difference because I asked the doctor, I said, Doctor I want you to assume that you knew that this patient was allergic to Lidocaine. Would you agree that if you knew that this patient was allergic to Lidocaine.
You never ever would have given him this sedative That’s correct. And if instead you had given him general anesthesia would you agree that this entire episode, this cardiac arrest, never would have happened Yes, I would. That was one of the only times in my career where a doctor gave me an explanation that literally changed my entire theory of liability. The bottom line was, it didn’t make a difference because the outcome was still the same and all of this was preventable had the doctor bothered to read the patient’s medical records prior to going ahead an administering the.
Anesthesia. Why do I share this quick story with you I share it with you just to give you one example of a gentleman I was able to help obtain compensation as a result of a doctor violating the basic standards of medical care. I recognize you’re watching this tutorial because you likely have questions or concerns about your own particular matter. If you matter did happen here in New York and you’re thinking about bringing a lawsuit but you have questions that need to be answered first, what I invite.