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For immediate legal help after suffering from a medical malpractice anesthesia error, call a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
When you undergo surgery, you will be given a general or local anesthetic to numb out the entire body or a certain area. In spite of great advances in anesthesiology, mistakes during the administration can still occur. When this happens, it may be considered medical malpractice in which case you will likely have the opportunity to recover monetary compensation.
If you or a family member have been harmed after an anesthesia error, you should take time to understand your legal rights and options. Call a medical malpractice lawyer now to learn how you can recover compensation for pain, suffering, emotional anguish, lost wages, funeral costs, and more.
The Anesthesia Process
Anesthesia is a medically induced state that allows patients to be numb from feelings of physical pain. It is administered before surgery and certain medical procedures. Our medical malpractice lawyers have handled claims that involve various types of anesthesia including:
General anesthesia: Used when a patient is unconscious
Local anesthesia: Used to numb a certain area of the body.
Regional anesthesia: Used to numb a body part (i.e. entire leg)
Spinal or epidural anesthesia: A very intricate type of anesthesia that is injected closely to the spinal cord.
Common Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia must be carefully given to a patient. Any error, even the smallest mistake, can be serious, if not fatal. These errors can result from a defective medical product, but usually they happen because of incompetence or negligence on the part of a medical professional.
When a patient is harmed because of an anesthesia error, you will likely be able to file a claim with a medical malpractice lawyer. Examples of errors include:
- Administering too much or too little of anesthesia
- Failing to notice an error before a health problem arises
- Delaying anesthesia for too long, causing the patient unnecessary pain
- Using the wrong anesthetic
- Failing to use the right drug according to the patient’s medical history
- Giving a patient an anesthetic he or she is allergic to
- Failing to monitor and treat a patient in the proper manner
- Diverting medication, also known as stealing
Consequences of an Anesthesia Error
Sometimes an anesthesia error causes discomfort, nausea, and dizziness. However, serious consequences are more common and may include:
- Nerve damage
- Vision loss
- Heart problems
- Birth defects
- Cardiovascular problems
- Ischemic brain damage
- Hypoxic brain damage
- Vegetative state
Unfortunately, the harm from an anesthesia error is often permanent, or takes a very long time to recover from. This means the victim will almost certainly require extensive in and out patient medical care. Rest assured, our lawyers know this and will work as hard as possible to recover maximum compensation.
Have you or a loved one experienced an anesthesia error? Call a Medical Malpractice Lawyer NOW.
Regardless of who made the error, if you or a family member has suffered harm because of an anesthesia error, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. These cases are generally complex and require ample financial resources as well as in– depth knowledge. For this reason, you should retain a skilled and experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Call now for a free case review.
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