Medical Malpractice Anesthesia
When you under anesthesia for a surgical procedure, you are putting your health and safety in the hands of a medical professional. The administration of anesthesia is something that requires exceptional professionalism. The anesthesiologist must know how much to administer certain drugs and doses in order to prevent complications. Anesthesia is an inherently risky part of any surgical procedure and requires proper technique to avoid any complications. When medical professionals fail to adhere to the appropriate standards of care associated when anesthesia is administered, life-threatening errors can occur.
Although we would like to believe that medical professionals have our best interest in mind, there are numerous instances where doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals cut corners and increase the risk of serious complications. Statistics show that more than 280 people die every year due to medical malpractice anesthesia, while thousands more are left with injuries. When patients are injured as a result of negligent or reckless medical professionals, they should reach out to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to protect their legal rights.
The attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group have extensive experience helping victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after suffering painful and life-altering injuries as a result of negligent medical professionals. Our attorneys are able to recognize and prove medical negligence for our clients to ensure their legal rights are protected. Contact our law firm today to see how we can help you.
Types of Anesthesia Errors Our Team Helps Victims With
Patients are often reassured that they are being provided with care by respected and knowledgeable professionals who have taken all the necessary precautions to prevent anesthesia errors from happening. Although we would like to believe that these professionals always have the best interests of patients in mind, there are many instances where medical professionals fail to properly administer anesthesia, do not advise patients accurately, and fail to provide follow-up care, which causes injuries to patients. Some of the most common instances of medical malpractice anesthesia the team at The Medical Negligence Group helps injured patients with legal claims for include:
- The delayed delivery of anesthesia.
- Improper dosages of anesthesia.
- Failure to monitor patients on anesthesia.
- The prolonged sedation of patients.
- The failure to recognize and respond to complications from anesthesia.
- The failure to provide patients instructions for before, during, or after their procedures.
- The use of faulty equipment.
- Complications resulting from shutting off the pulse oximeter alarm.
- Failing to intubate patients.
The most common injuries caused by medical malpractice anesthesia are heart attacks, strokes, asphyxia, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, damages to the trachea, coma, and even death.
In some cases, patients experience what is referred to as “anesthesia awareness.” This happens when patients do not receive a sufficient amount of anesthesia, and, as a result, they wake up during their procedure. This can result in overwhelming mental and physical pain, which can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder and an array of other complications. If you were injured as a result of medical malpractice involving anesthesia, contact a negligence attorney as soon as possible to explore legal options available for you.
Types of Anesthesia and Possible Errors
There are an array of complications that can arise from the misuse of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia administered will have a crucial impact on the possible complications patients might experience. The types of anesthesia and potential complications include:
Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is often administered through the use of an injection. When used correctly, this medication is safe and poses the risk of very few side effects. When patients are administered too much anesthesia through this method, however, it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to a condition called systemic toxicity, which often results in breathing problems, blood pressure issues, irregular or slowed heartbeat, and various other delays and system function complications. Having adequate emergency care equipment on hand is imperative for rectifying these complications.
Regional Anesthesia: This type of anesthesia is administered through the use of an IV injection. This medication is administered near a nerve or a group of nerves in the spinal cord. Not delivering the drug in a careful and considerate manner can result in infections, pulmonary problems, nerve damage, which can cause weakness, feeling sore, or even the loss of feeling in the areas below the injection site. As with any other type of anesthesia, regional administration also presents the possibility of system toxicity.
General Anesthesia: This type of anesthesia method is commonly used in operating rooms. General anesthesia is used to slow the body’s natural functions, such as coughing, gagging, and swallowing, to avoid aspiration during intubation. General anesthesia presents the possibility of hypertension, increased heart rate, damage to the mouth, voice box, sore throat, and hoarseness. More serious complications from general anesthesia include heart or blood pressure problems, severe illness, or injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered complications due to medical malpractice anesthesia, you might be entitled to compensation. The Medical Negligence Group specializes in helping victims with cases surrounding medical malpractice so they can get the justice they deserve.
Anesthesia Errors During Labor and Delivery
Women are routinely administered medications to alleviate the pains associated with labor. In many cases, patients receive an epidural, which is a type of general anesthesia administered through the use of an IV catheter into the nerves near the spinal cord and nerve roots. Prior to the use of an epidural, doctors will consult with an anesthesiologist to determine if this route is the best way to manage the pain of labor and delivery depending on various circumstances of the pregnancy. The patient will be interviewed to determine the best combination of anesthetic medications and how to administer them.
There are some instances where anesthesiologists make inaccurate assessments of the situation. This can lead to the administration of the wrong combinations and dosages of drugs. When mothers do not receive the proper dosage of anesthesia, it can have adverse consequences for both the mother and the child. This can lead to birth complications, which can require life-long medical treatment. When mothers or their newborns are injured as a result of medical malpractice anesthesia, it is imperative that they reach out to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to protect their legal rights.
The Medical Negligence Group Can Help You
The negligent administration of anesthesia can be potentially life-threatening. Those given too little of this anesthesia can suffer mentally, physically, and emotionally. Those given too much anesthesia can go into a coma, cardiac arrest, or even die. It is crucial that this medication is given with proper care. When victims are subjected to the negligent administration of anesthesia, they may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the mental, physical, and financial consequences they are forced to endure.
The Medical Negligence Group stands to protect the legal rights of patients injured by negligent and reckless medical professionals. We wholeheartedly believe victims deserve to recover, and our history of prevailing with cases proves how dedicated we are to helping victims receive the justice they deserve. Our attorneys view cases from both legal and medical perspectives. This allows us to recognize medical malpractice and fight for victims. If you were injured as a result of the negligent administration of anesthesia, contact our medical malpractice attorneys at (410) 220-6609 to explore legal options available for you.
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