From wisdom teeth removal to organ transplants, various types of anesthesia are used in a variety of medical procedures. The good news is that the development of anesthesia makes it possible for patients to undergo both minor and major medical procedures in a way that greatly reduces or eliminates their pain during the process. The bad news is that there are always risks involved when anesthesia is administered.
Before we go any further, it is important to note that there are three main categories of anesthesia in the medical field:
Common Errors Made with Anesthesia
In a society that has become increasingly dependent on the medical field and all of the new procedures that are now made available to us, anesthesia errors are only becoming more common. Whether the error is made during a routine procedure or a major surgery, it is easy for anesthesia mistakes to result in severe injuries or even death.
Medical malpractice involving anesthesia can occur in several ways. In fact, it is possible for a health care provider to demonstrate negligence before the procedure even begins. Two major indications of medical malpractice include:
During the actual medical procedure, there are several errors that are most frequently made when it comes to anesthesia. These include:
Potential Injuries After an Anesthesia Error
While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, even the smallest mistakes made regarding anesthesia can have lifelong consequences. Whether the patient experiences an allergic reaction or is deprived of oxygen for too long, the list of potential injuries is quite overwhelming. Some of the possible results of an anesthesia error include:
Proving Medical Malpractice Involving Anesthesia
If you have a family member or loved one who has suffered from severe injuries or death after undergoing a medical procedure, you have every right to ask questions about how and why this occurred. While true mistakes can happen in the operating room and not every medical situation has a happy ending, the possibility of medical malpractice always exists. Specifically, if you suspect that an anesthesia error played a role in the injury, then it is time to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must be able to determine that negligence was a factor in the injury or death that occurred. This means that the health care provider was performing below the general medical standard and should have provided better care to the patient. However, in the vast majority of instances, the doctor, nurse, or anesthesiologist in question is not going to come out and admit that he or she was negligent before, during, or after the procedure.
A medical malpractice attorney can help you build a solid case by hiring an expert medical witness who can analyze the details of the case and notes from the procedure to determine what went wrong. Once it is determined that negligence can be proven, you can then move forward in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Ross Feller Casey for a free evaluation of your case.
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