Cleveland Attorney Reviews Ways You May Be Able to Prevent Anesthesia Mistakes November 27, 2012.

Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to protect yourself from becoming the victim of a medical mistake, such as an anesthesia overdose. Anesthesia can cause complications despite the best efforts of the anesthesiologist and other professionals involved in your care. That being said, however, talking to your doctor can go a long way toward helping to prevent medical malpractice.

For starters, tell him or her about any medications you’re taking, whether they’re prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Also be sure to tell your doctor if you have ever experienced problems during surgery, such as bleeding or difficulty waking up from anesthesia. You should also mention a family history of such complications.

Illnesses, infections, and other medical conditions can impact your tolerance for anesthesia. If you aren’t feeling well the day of your surgery, let the doctor know. It may not be safe to proceed with your operation.

Discuss allergies to medications and foods, and be sure to divulge alcohol, smoking, or illicit drug use.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, be sure that is noted on your chart.

Why Should I Trust Chris Mellino to Handle My Anesthesia Claim?

First, Mellino Law Firm does not advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.

Second, Chris Mellino is respected throughout northeast Ohio for his ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, he’s been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.

Third, since medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms take every case that walks in the door, settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers in order to pay for their next commercial, and leave clients in the hands of case managers.
We only pursue compensation for patients who’ve suffered a severe injury or disability. By limiting the number of claims we accept, we’re able to give each one the attention it deserves.

Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Law Firm is the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.