Anesthesia is commonly given to a patient who is about to undergo an inpatient
or outpatient surgical procedure. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made
that can cause the patient harm or injury. If you suffered injury due
to a negligent anesthesiologist or doctor, or due to a mistake or error
they made, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Here
is some information you should know about anesthesia errors.
What is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia is commonly given to numb a part of the body, typically so that
body part can undergo a medical procedure, such as surgery. Three main
types of anesthesia are given. General anesthesia is given to knock a
patient out or make them completely unconscious. Regional anesthesia is
given to desensitize one large part of the body, such as an epidural during
pregnancy. Local anesthesia involves applying a drug to one small part
of the body to numb the area, such as when facial cosmetic procedures
or dental procedures are being performed.
What Can Happen When an Anesthesiologist is Negligent?
When anesthesia is administered, it is important that it be administered
properly and in the appropriate dosage. If an anesthesiologist is negligent,
many mistakes can occur. Too much or too little of the anesthetic can
be administered by a negligent anesthesiologist. A negligent anesthesiologist
may also fail to insert and monitor the IV line properly, fail to monitor
vital signs, not take the correct action if an emergency presents itself
or ignore alarms.
What Possible Complications or Injuries Can Occur Because of Negligence?
If an anesthesiologist is negligent, many complications or injuries can
occur. Some of the minor complications include post-operative pain, nausea,
and vomiting, temporary confusion and throat or larynx pain. Some of the
more serious injuries that can occur due to negligence include stroke,
nerve damage, blood clots, pneumonia, a lack of oxygen causing brain damage,
and heart attacks. Sometimes when anesthesiologists remove patients from
the oxygen machines before the anesthesia has either worn off or has been
completely reversed, this can lead to brain injury or even death. If you
sustained any of these issues prior to or immediately following a procedure
involving anesthesia, you might have a medical negligence claim against
the hospital, doctor or anesthesiologist.
If you believe that you have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia or suffered
injury because an anesthesiologist failed to properly do their job, you
may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Here at
The Mellino Law Firm LLC, we can advise you as to whether you have a compensable injury. If you
do, we can help you get the money you are entitled to.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to sit down with an attorney in
our law firm and discuss your case.