Mississippi Propofol Wrongful Death Lawyer
With Personal Injury Law Offices in Oxford and Tupelo
Propofol is a well-known drug that was involved in Michael Jackson’s drug overdose death in 2009. Propofol is used to sedate patients undergoing major surgeries. It is the most often used option that anesthesiologists use to keep patients sedated if they cannot be awake for their surgery or procedure. There are cases where propofol is administered in a dose that is too high for the patient which leads to a death because of respiratory arrest. If you have lost someone you love because of a propofol overdose, please call our Mississippi propofol wrongful death lawyer right away to schedule a free consultation.
Brad Morris Mississippi Propofol Wrongful Death Lawyer
There are some lots of propofol that have been recalled by the FDA. There were visible particles in the glass that, if injected, could cause health issues that require immediate medical attention. Reach out to Brad Morris if you believe you have a claim because of this recall.
When propofol is used, the ones administering it trust that it has been manufactured in a way that is safe and efficient. Brad Morris works very hard to make sure that if someone has been harmed because a medical professional wasn’t doing their job the victim gets the justice they deserve.
Some reasons why people are harmed by medication like propofol is that they were not identified as harmful, the warning labels were insufficient, there were bad directions with the drug, a device failed, and so on.
Harmful Side Effects of Using Propofol
Propofol is given through an IV used to sedate patients for procedures where they need to be asleep. The possible negative side effects of using this type of anesthesia include:
- Obstruction of airways
- Lack of oxygen to the blood stream
High Doses of Propofol Can Be Deadly
Propofol has become famous as a deadly drug because of Michael Jackson’s overdose on the drug. There are limits with the drug as recommended by the American Society of Anesthesiology and those who manufacture propofol. Three doses of 5cc is the recommended limit of propofol.
There was a patient who was given 20cc within eleven minutes which is four times what they should be given. That patient had a lethal overdose from what could have been a successful spinal surgery.
That particular lawsuit also states that the doctor recognized that there were respiratory distress signs but did not follow up on that.
Cases like these are a sign of gross negligence. It was reported that EMTs came on the scene where the surgeons said there was no pulse. The EMTs were shocked that no one had started performing CPR on the patient. There was negligence both with the absolute failure to save this patient’s life as well as the lethal dose of propofol given to them.
Negligence and Medical Malpractice Involved With Propofol
It is historically hard to prove negligence in a medical malpractice claim. There has to be some proven level of breach of duty or that a standard of care had not been met in treating the patient. Your Mississippi propofol wrongful death lawyer has to find an expert witness who is in the medical field to say that the alleged liable party did not meet a standard of treatment.
Gross negligence is even harder to prove. There has to be evidence that a medical care professional acted so recklessly that even a laymen would know that they messed up big time. You could argue that you don’t need a doctorate or years of residency to read a warning label or follow manufacturer’s instructions.
If a claim is determined to have gross negligence, then the plaintiff is going to be able to get punitive damages which are designed to punish the liable party.
An Example of a Propofol Case
There was a woman who had chest pain. She was 42 years old. She decided to go into her primary care doctor to get her heart looked at to determine the cause of the chest pain. Her primary care doctor determined that she needed a triple bypass immediately. During this time, a nurse came in and gave her much too high a dose of propofol than she needed and she passed away. This claim would be against the hospital. It went on to be very successful and awarded the family with compensation for their passed loved one.
Call Mississippi Propofol Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice due to a propofol error, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brad Morris, our skilled and dedicated Mississippi propofol wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can. We will help you get the justice your family deserves. Call us right away to set up a free consultation.