Anesthesia has many medical applications, and anesthesiologists are highly trained in this medical procedure. Anesthesia is usually used to transition medical patients into an unconscious or semi-conscious state. The vast majority of the time anesthesia is applied safely and without significant consequence, but when mistakes happen the results can be devastating and irreversible.
If you suspect that you or a family member have been injured because of anesthesia error, the medical malpractice attorneys at Zayed Law Offices encourage you to contact us or call us in order to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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There are four types of anesthesia:
- General–total loss of consciousness;
- Spinal–also known as an epidural, used in cases of surgery on the lower part of the body;
- Regional–when anesthesia is injected near a nerve to block pain signals to the brain; and
- Local–numbing skin and tissue directly below the skin.
Anesthesia errors are usually found in the application of general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia.
Common Anesthesia Errors and Deviations from Standards of Care
Anesthesia errors can be made by any number of medical professionals including but not limited to anesthesiologists and nurses. The essential first step before applying anesthesia is to review patient history, select the appropriate anesthesia, and to determine the accurate dosage. Anesthesia errors are commonly the product of:
- Negligent review of patient risks and history
- Anesthesia overdose
- Applying too little anesthesia
- Allergic reactions
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Inadequate monitoring of a patient who is under anesthesia
Effects of Anesthesia Error
The effects of improper application of anesthesia can be devastating. The range of effects is anywhere from brain damage, to paralysis, to wrongful death. More specifically injuries can include:
- Brain Injury
- Heart attack
- Being awake and aware during an operation
An experienced attorney at Zayed Law Offices will be able to marshal the facts of your case in order to command insurance companies to pay you or your family member the compensation you deserve. Our aim is recovering the maximum compensation available under our legal system in the United States.