What is an Anesthesia Error?
Anesthesia errors occur when anesthesia is improperly administered. Improperly administered anesthesia carries serious risks for patients. Patients who receive improperly administered anesthesia may suffer catastrophic injuries such as:
- Brain damage
- Life-threatening coma
- Nerve block injuries
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular injuries
- Spinal damage
If you or a loved one has suffered such a catastrophic injury as a result of improperly administered anesthesia, you may have an anesthesia error lawsuit.
Do I Have an Anesthesia Error Lawsuit?
Anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) must meet certain standards when it comes to administering anesthesia to patients. These standards include being cognizant of their patient’s medical history, pre-existing conditions, and allergies. If a physician ignores or does not pay attention to critical details in a patients medical history, catastrophic injuries can occur. A failure to properly administer and monitor a patient's anesthesia may constitute medical malpractice when the physician:
- Administers the incorrect amount of anesthesia
- Administers the incorrect type of anesthesia
- Administers an anesthesia which the patient is allergic to
- Fails to monitor the patient's vital signs while administering the anesthesia
- Uses damaged or improper equipment or machines
What Makes a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Meritous?
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice claim or case, the claimant must prove that the health care provider acted negligently and that this negligence caused an injury and damage. Proving a case requires obtaining and reviewing medical records in conjunction with experts and then presenting the claim, with supporting evidence.
Lawyers specializing in anesthesia error lawsuits have the knowledge and expertise to find the mistakes doctors made, gather expert witnesses, and hold negotiations for a settlement in your favor.
What Damages Could I Recover in an Anesthesia Error Lawsuit?
The law gives those who suffer a catastrophic injury as a result of a physician's anesthesia error the right to recover for both their economic and emotional damages. With an anesthesia error lawsuit, you may be able to recover for:
- Past and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Other damages
Our firm has decades of experience with anesthesia error claims to better assist you with your case. View our verdicts and settlements for more information on our history of success.