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Anesthesia & Medical Malpractice

Anesthesia & Medical Malpractice


Every year in the U.S., over 50 million surgeries are performed. Because of the advances in medical technology, anesthesia has become safer than it ever has been – but mistakes still happen, and the consequences can be severe when they do. Understanding when these errors fall under medical malpractice is vital for anyone who has suffered harm as a result.

Types of Medical Errors 

Anesthesia is a critical component in surgeries because it is used to prevent pain. Local anesthesia numbs a small part, regional anesthesia numbs a more significant part, and general anesthesia renders a patient unconscious. Medical professionals administer and monitor these types, including anesthesiologists, doctors, and nurses. Anesthesia mistakes can happen for various reasons, such as negligence or communication failures among the medical team. These errors can occur in preoperative, during surgery, or postoperative stages.

Preoperative errors involve failing to properly inform patients about risks, not reviewing medical histories, or not giving correct preoperative instructions. Not accounting for a patient’s allergies or current medications can also lead to adverse reactions. Failure to adequately assess the patient’s physical condition before administering anesthesia also constitutes a preoperative error. During surgery, mistakes can include incorrect anesthesia dosage, wrong type, poor monitoring of vital signs, or using defective equipment. 

Anesthesia errors during surgery may also result from failing to adapt to changes in a patient’s condition. For instance, not adjusting anesthesia levels in response to a patient’s fluctuating blood pressure can result in complications. Postoperative errors may involve prolonged sedation, inadequate supervision of anesthetized patients, or insufficient post-operative instructions. In some cases, postoperative care lapses lead to prolonged recovery or unaddressed complications, significantly impacting the patient’s health. Post-surgery, a patient’s failure to wake up as expected or experiencing prolonged disorientation can indicate a possible anesthesia error.

Your Legal Options 

The impact of anesthesia errors can range from minor to life-threatening. Some common consequences include excessive pain, nausea, confusion, allergic reactions, and respiratory problems. Severe cases can lead to nerve damage, blood clots, brain injury, heart attacks, strokes, or even death. Determining whether an anesthesia error is medical malpractice involves proving a failure to meet standard care or demonstrating negligence. 

Patients who have suffered mistakes related to anesthesia should know their rights and options. These cases can be complex, requiring a detailed examination of the circumstances and medical records. A thorough investigation may reveal that an error was preventable, strengthening the malpractice case. For example, if an anesthesia error resulted from using outdated techniques or equipment. This could be grounds for a malpractice claim. 

If you’re affected by such an error, seeking professional legal counsel is essential. Getting advice can help clarify the situation and determine the best course of action. It’s also crucial for patients to act promptly because legal time limits apply to malpractice claims. An experienced attorney can navigate these legal timelines and handle your case effectively. Moreover, understanding the potential long-term effects of anesthesia errors is essential for assessing the full extent of damages and pursuing appropriate compensation.

Silberstein, Awad & Miklos Will Be Your Advocate 

If you’ve been impacted by an anesthesia mistake, speak with a personal injury attorney so that you have an awareness of what your rights and options are. For a free consultation and case review, contact us today. We can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.