I had a surgery for rectal fissures I feel I was given too much anesthesia- I was supposed to get propofol and something happened and the chief anesthesiologist was called and administered general anesthesia and a nerve blocker. Immediately after surgery I started suffering psychiatric problems and couldn't eat or keep anything down. A month later I was taken by police to the hospital, for psychiatric problems, I was threatening to kill myself and my mother. I was placed in a psychiatric hospital for eight days and given antipsychotic drugs, I was placed in a intensive outpatient program after release, I am seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist weekly, I also have a social worker that comes to my home every week. I suffer daily from panic attacks and depression because of this simple operation, I did not have anything like this after previous surgeries. I believe I was given too much medication/anesthesia, to which the surgeon admitted that he blamed anesthesia and the position they had me in, while under surgery. Post surgery the surgeon wanted nothing to do with me, it wasn't until after I was admitted to the psychiatric hospital, he then took an interest in my situation.
I am sorry to hear. I spend a lot of time in the Toms River area. I would need more information before deciding if you have a case. There are no dates in your post so tough to say if the statute of limitations are a concern, as well.
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Have local counsel have an expert review the records to see if there was a departure from accepted practice and then if that departure caused a psychiatric injury which would justify malpractice action.
This is a very complex situation. You should sit down and talk to a Medical Malpractice attorney, preferrably one who belongs to NJAJ. You will need all the records; an expert will need to review them and determine that someone in the process deviated from proper standards and that deviation caused your problems. Then there needs to be a determination of damages. Good luck as this is a difficult and expensive undertaking.
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Sorry to hear about your experience. You should immediately consult an experienced New Jersey attorney who accepts medical malpractice cases to have the records reviewed. You can easily find one of us on Avvo.com. Most lawyers offer a free consultation. You have to take proper legal action in time to preserve your rights. Generally, lawsuits for medical malpractice in New Jersey have to be filed within two years from the date of the incident, or you would be forever barred from recovering compensation. But some cases have additional deadlines, as short as 90 days. (Sometimes, these deadlines can be extended, if you had no way of knowing at first that malpractice had occurred.) Good luck.
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Has anyone recommended an MRI of the brain to evaluate the possibility of cognitive impairment from the anesthesia?
The medical records would have to be obtained and reviewed. In any Medical malpractice case one must prove that there was a deviation from the accepted standard of medical care and that as a proximate result the same caused a significant injury. An expert medical Doctor would have to sign an Affidavit of Merit. However there are risks to any surgery and those risks can result in bad consequences. Issue in your case is whether the symptoms you are having can indeed be caused by anesthesia, or whether there may have been an overdose of same, or allergic reaction to same.
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