Medical Negligence Claims for Anesthesia Errors
A Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Our Law Firm Explains
Anesthetics are often a combination of different drugs that are most commonly used to sedate a patient or numb a part of the body before surgery or another medical procedure. When given correctly, these drugs then help eliminate the pain and stress a person would otherwise experience during the operation. However, mistakes in the administration of anesthesia can have devastating consequences, which are often more severe than surgical errors. Depending on the type of anesthetic used, the possible effects of these medication errors include heart failure, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an anesthesia error, you may have legal options. A medical malpractice lawyer from Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can help you get answers about what went wrong with your anesthesia. Our attorneys represent victims of medical negligence throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide. We have the knowledge and experience to help you pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered.
What are Anesthesia Errors?
Every medical procedure has risks, so just because you suffered an injury from the administration of anesthesia does not mean that your medical provider did anything wrong. But in some cases anesthesia injuries are the result of medical negligence. Common examples of these kinds of medication errors include:
- Giving you an overdose of anesthetic
- Giving you the wrong anesthetic
- Failure to ensure that the anesthetic does not interfere with other medications
- Failure to monitor you for an adverse reaction while you are under anesthetic
- Causing a known allergic reaction
- Failure to administer sufficient oxygen while you are anesthetized, if necessary
- Failure to protect you from falls while you are under anesthesia or while you are recovering
- Overdose, delayed delivery or insufficient anesthetic caused by defective equipment
Dangerous and even fatal errors such as these may result if an anesthetist is inexperienced or was inadequately trained. Incorrect labeling and improperly prepared drugs also commonly cause these medication errors. Other contributing factors often include fatigue, inattention, equipment failure, understaffing and communication errors.
What are the Possible Effects of Anesthesia Errors?
There are many different types of anesthesia and several methods for administering these drugs. Some anesthetics are delivered via an injection to your spine or around the site of the operation. Anesthetic drugs may also be administered in gaseous form, which you breathe in, often to induce unconsciousness. Any error during any of these procedures has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. The most common effects of anesthesia errors include:
- Heart problems, including arrhythmia, high or low blood pressure and cardiac failure
- Organ, blood vessel or nerve damage
- Lung infections
- Spinal cord injuries
- Birth injuries
- Brain injuries from lack of oxygen
- Fever and seizures
- Stroke and/or coma
- Wrongful death
Many different parties may be responsible for an anesthesia error. The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is usually liable for the damages caused by a medication error as an agent of the hospital. Additionally, the hospital where you received treatment is responsible for your injuries. If an equipment defect caused the error, you might also include the manufacturer in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Questions about Anesthesia Malpractice? Call a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Our lawyers will carefully investigate your case to determine if and how the anesthesiologist contributed to your injury. We work with highly qualified experts in anesthesiology and other fields who help us prepare thorough cases for our clients. We will put our knowledge and experience to work for you to help you pursue full and fair compensation for the hardships you have suffered.
Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable Philadelphia or New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer representing victims of anesthesia errors. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay us unless we get results for you.