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Intubation Vocal Cord Injury Attorney

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People who are medically treated and who require an intubation tube can be injured by the removal of this life-saving equipment. A person receives an intubation to help you breathe in a life-threatening emergency after an accident. Once you are able to breathe on your own, the intubation apparatus will need to be removed by the medical staff, to allow you to breathe easier by your own volition. An endotracheal intubation is also used quite commonly for surgical procedures that require general anesthesia in a hospital setting. But a complication of the removal of this intubation equipment is that it can cause permanent vocal cord paralysis in some people. If there is an instance of a vocal cord paralysis, it can lead to a complication of aspiration pneumonia which can lead to death. If an endotracheal tube or ETT is used in a general anesthesia scenario, when the ETT is removed it can damage the vocal cords by pressing the laminas of the thyroid cartilage.2 There is always a risk of damage to the vocal cords any time a tube is inserted into that area of the body. When there is a surgical procedure that lasts between 3 and 6 hours, the risks will increase that the vocal cords will be damaged in this type of operation. Additionally, if there is any malpractice or negligence on the part of the surgical staff, assisting clinical staff or the hospital workers in general, then the chance of an intubation vocal cord injury can increase even higher.

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The Surgeon Needs to Review the Patient History to Rule Out Potential Complications Before Using an Intubation Procedure for an Operation

Studies show that if a person undergoing a surgical procedure who needs general anesthesia has a history of vocal cord complications, then there is an increased risk of vocal cord injury after the use of an intubation procedure. For example, if a person has a personal medical history that includes previous diseases of the throat or hoarseness of the vocal cords, it can make that scenario worse to use intubation equipment during the surgery. Other complications that can affect the aftermath of an intubation for general anesthesia can include:1

  • Granuloma
  • Hematoma
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Arytenoid subluxation

If the surgeon has difficulty with the endotracheal intubation during the surgery, there may have been issues with a pathology that was undiagnosed for the person’s head or neck. This may be a case for medical malpractice, not to have thoroughly interviewed the person before the surgery, to determine the risks of using an intubation equipment for the surgical procedure. When the intubation is placed at the level or below the vocal cords, there can be a problem with damage to the laryngeal nerves.1 Unfortunately, this can result in permanent vocal cord paralysis which will affect the left vocal cord in nearly 70% of the time for those patients.1 If you have had a general surgical procedure with anesthesia and sustained vocal cord damage or injury, you can call us today to review your claim at the DTLA Law Group. We have a legal team who is ready to talk to you about your personal injuries right now, and we are here 24/7 to take your call.

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You can get a free second opinion case review, from our experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injury claims at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879. We have lawyers who can help with initiating a lawsuit based on the merits of your case. Just call us to review your claim today, and get the access you need to talk to our experienced attorneys in Los Angeles at the DTLA Law Group right now.

Can I Sue for an Intubation Vocal Cord Injury?

Yes, we can sue for an intubation vocal cord injury claim. You can call us now, to talk to our Los Angeles case lawyers today. We can file a lawsuit on your behalf, and get you the recovery compensation money that will pay your medical bills and reimburse you for any other expenses and losses associated with this claim. Just all us to talk to our case attorneys in Los Angeles, and we can sue the at-fault parties to this loss on your behalf. We understand that you may still be under a doctor’s care, and that your diagnosis regarding your vocal cord injury may have changed. We are here to get you the money you need to help you properly recover from your traumatic losses related to this medical mistake and medical error. We can answer your questions, and work with you to get the money you need in this medical malpractice and intubation error claim.

Average Case Value of an Intubation Vocal Cord Injury

The average case value of an intubation vocal cord injury case will range from $300,000 to over $3 million, depending on the losses experienced in the claim. We will have a better idea of your specific personal injury recovery compensation package, once we review your claim with you for free.

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How Long Does It Take to Settle and to Get Paid on These Cases?

It can take around 5-7 months to settle and get paid on an intubation vocal cord injury claim.

Statute Of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in California for personal injury lawsuit filing is two years. The statute of limitations in California for harassment and discrimination lawsuit filing is one year, with a two year timeframe to file for wrongful termination.

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You can call us now for a free consultation for our intubation vocal cord injury. You can reach us at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879 today, and we will review your claim for free.


1Hurtado Nazal, C., Araneda Vilches, A., Vergara Marín, C., García Contreras, K., Napolitano Valenzuela, C., & Badía Ventí, P. (2018). Paralisia de cordas vocais após intubação endotraqueal: uma complicação incomum da anestesia geral [Vocal cord paralysis after endotracheal intubation: an uncommon complication of general anesthesia]. Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology (Elsevier), 68(6), 637–640.

2Taşlı, H., Kara, U., Gökgöz, M. C., & Aydın, Ü. (2017). Vocal Cord Paralysis Following Endotracheal Intubation. Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, 45(5), 321–322.

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