When a patient undergoes an anesthesia procedure and suffers harm, it is crucial to contact an anesthesia error attorney as quickly as possible. As soon as possible, the lawyer can begin investigating the incident and gather evidence to pursue a malpractice claim. Utah anesthesia error attorneys will need to understand the entire situation and the damages caused by the anesthesia mistake, and may need to consult with other medical professionals to determine the full extent of the problem.
Anesthesia awareness causes anesthesia error
Anesthesia awareness occurs when the patient is aware of their surroundings and movements while under anesthesia. This can occur when the general anesthetic used is too strong, or if the patient is given too light a dose. In such cases, the anesthesia provider may need to administer an additional paralytic agent in order to fully paralyze the patient. In rare cases, the patient can also experience pain and pressure from the anesthetic, but it is extremely rare.
The consequences of anesthesia awareness can be catastrophic. Depending on the severity of the error, a patient can end up with a significant medical bill and mental scarring. In such a case, the anesthesiologist may be held liable under medical malpractice laws.
Improper dosing of anesthesia medications
One of the most common errors in the administration of anesthesia medications is the wrong dose. This can be caused by lapses in memory, omissions, or errors related to routine behavior. It can also result in a patient adverse event. While most of these errors are not related to medical error, they may be preventable.
Medication errors are common and can result in significant harm to patients. Researchers believe that there are a number of factors that contribute to these errors. For example, one-third of all medication errors occur within the first 20 minutes after the induction of anesthesia. In addition, procedures lasting more than six hours or requiring more than 13 medications were associated with higher error rates. Improper dosing is associated with multiple factors, but the most common are inaccurate labeling, wrong dosage, and failure to act.
Loss of oxygen to the brain
A number of factors can lead to loss of oxygen to the brain during anesthesia. These include increased blood pressure, cardiac arrest, and excessive bleeding. Despite this, there are methods of anesthesia that minimize the chance of oxygen deprivation. If proper care is not taken, the risk of loss of oxygen to the brain can be serious.
The loss of oxygen to the brain can lead to a variety of consequences, including a stroke. It may also lead to the death of brain cells. The causes of this complication vary, but are often related to inadequate anesthesia monitoring.
Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or even died because of a mistake caused by an anesthesiologist, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation may include past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and loss of enjoyment of life. In addition, you may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering caused by the mistake, which can range from financial hardship to loss of household services. A personal injury attorney can help you file a claim for compensation.
In addition to medical bills, pain and suffering caused by anesthesia errors can include funeral and burial expenses. In some cases, the surviving family members of a deceased patient may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship.
If you were injured during an anesthesia procedure, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent health care provider. You can claim damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A qualified medical malpractice attorney can help you make your case. Contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for immediate assistance. You can also fill out an online case evaluation form.
During an initial consultation, it is important to document all relevant facts. If possible, obtain as many medical records as possible, including the notes and records of the anesthesiologist. Additionally, a medical expert can evaluate your claim and analyze pre-surgical risk factors.