Anesthesia Errors Can Be Fatal Or Cause Permanent Brain Damage
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Anesthesia is administered to a patient immediately prior to surgery and results in a drug-induced loss of consciousness. Because anesthesia affects both the circulatory system and the central nervous system, it must be carefully utilized and properly monitored in order to avoid serious and potentially fatal complications.
Unfortunately, hundreds of people are victimized each year by the careless actions of anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists, resulting in extreme pain, brain damage, psychological trauma, spinal cord damage, nerve injuries and wrongful death. If you are the victim of an anesthesia error, you may be entitled to a medical malpractice claim.
At Lozner & Mastropietro, our lawyers have the compassion and experience to help victims of anesthesia errors recover fair compensation for their injuries and suffering. Together with our team of investigators and experts, we will effectively pursue a claim against all responsible parties.
To speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your anesthesia error claim, please contact our law office to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Types Of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors typically result when an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist fails to correctly administer and/or monitor the general anesthesia. Giving too little or too much anesthesia are common errors. Other errors include:
- Failing to provide a patient with necessary instructions – such as not eating and drinking before surgery
- Failing to recognize drug reactions
- Failing to recognize signs that a patient is waking up
- Failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Failing to administer oxygen or other breathing aides
The Effects Of Anesthesia Mistakes
The severity of an anesthesia error injury depends largely upon the victim and the extent of the error. For example, if a person is allergic to the general anesthetic, they could easily suffer a heart attack, stroke, coma or even premature death.
One of the more severe errors that can occur is anesthesia awareness. This results when the drugs designed to eliminate pain wear off, but the anesthetic that limits body movement is still in effect. As a result, the patient is “aware” of the surgery and may feel intense pain, but cannot move enough to let the doctors know. Anesthesia awareness is absolutely devastating and can result in serious psychological damage.
Meet With Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers
At Lozner & Mastropietro, we provide our clients with the in-depth guidance and comprehensive representation they need to move forward with their lives. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of anesthesia errors and other medical mistakes recover compensation for themselves and their families. If you or a loved one is a victim of an anesthesia error, please call us at 917-920-9431 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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