Anesthesia is typically used during surgical procedures, although there are multiple other situations in which a patient may receive anesthesia. Anesthesiologists are highly trained medical professionals responsible for the administration and monitoring of anesthesia. As with any other medical procedure or service, there is an element of human error possible with the use of anesthesia -- and these types of errors can result in serious complications. While most patients do not want to consider the potential for anesthesia errors, everyone should be aware of them.
Mistakes in the administration, dosage or monitoring of anesthesia can be extremely dangerous and can cause lasting effects including brain damage, permanent disability and death.
In some cases, an anesthesiologist’s error is medical malpractice, although not every error is the result of substandard care. Talk to our anesthesia errors lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC if you suffered harm and wish to take legal action.
Anesthesia and Medical Malpractice
There are unpredictable complications or adverse reactions to anesthesia that cannot be linked to negligence or incompetence on the part of the anesthesiologist. However, there are some common preventable errors medical professionals make. Consider the following scenarios in which anesthesiologists commit malpractice by failing to provide adequate care to a patient.
- Failure to review a patient’s medical history thoroughly: It is the responsibility of the anesthesiologist to acquire all relative knowledge about a patient’s condition, medical history, drug allergies and any other data that could affect the ability to withstand receiving anesthesia.
- Failure to provide complete instructions to the patient prior to surgery: The anesthesiologist must prepare the patient for anesthesia by providing specific instructions regarding any risks related to the medication as well as any restrictions for medication, food or fluid intake.
Meanwhile, some errors associated with anesthesia may include any of the following.
- Overdose of anesthesia
- Poor monitoring practices or failure to read monitoring tools accurately
- Intubation errors
- Using defective or poorly maintained equipment to administer anesthesia
- Using anesthesia that causes an allergic reaction
- Using anesthesia that does not interact with other drugs being given to or taken by the patient
- Using too little anesthesia
If you think an anesthesiologist acted negligently and caused you harm, first discuss your case with an attorney. Our anesthesia errors lawyers will review the case details and examine any evidence that the anesthesiologist or other healthcare professional was negligent and caused harm.
Anesthesia Errors Can Occur Outside of a Hospital
Any procedure that requires the administration of anesthesia carries risks for error. But many patients believe that anesthesia errors only occur during surgical procedures in a hospital setting. It is important to be aware that errors can occur in other medical facilities as well, and anesthesia errors attorneys can help file malpractice claims in these scenarios as well. Consider these alternate locations where you also should be cognizant of anesthesia errors.
- Inpatient and outpatient surgeries that occur in medical centers rather than hospitals
- Urgent care centers where medical procedures are performed
- Dental offices
- Doctors' offices
Our Anesthesia Lawyers Can Help You Prove Malpractice
If you believe you suffered as a result of an anesthesia error, you may need to file a medical malpractice claim. An attorney knowledgeable about medical malpractice cases can review your information and provide guidance as to whether you should file a lawsuit. Your attorney also will be able to help you gather the necessary documentation to prove your case and obtain compensation from the responsible party.
You will need to prove the three following factors.
- You have a patient-doctor relationship with the anesthesiologist or doctor involved in the error.
- Your anesthesiologist or doctor did not provide adequate care but acted negligently or incompetently.
- You suffered harm as a result of the anesthesia error and suffered damages as a result of the harm.
Get Legal Help from Anesthesia Errors Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC
Cordisco & Saile LLC can help with your anesthesia error/medical malpractice case. We help victims of malpractice obtain fair settlements for damages. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with our anesthesia errors attorneys.