The thought of going “under the knife” can be quite frightening for most people. Often times, it’s not just the procedure that’s scary, but also the prospect of being put under anesthesia. We’ve all heard stories about people who don’t wake up after being put to sleep for a routine surgical or medical procedure. In cases involving injury or death associated with anesthesia, it’s essential to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation is completed. It will be necessary to determine whether or not malpractice or some sort of negligence was involved. After any kind of incident involving anesthesia, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven medical malpractice case experience. Listed below are some injuries associated with anesthesia malpractice.
Injuries Associated With Anesthesia Malpractice
- Brain damage
- Heart attack
- Respiratory distress
- Lung collapse
- Spinal cord injury
- Nerve damage
- Brain injury
- Neurological injury
A variety of forms of negligence have been associated with anesthesia malpractice. First of all, as with any type of procedure involving complicated equipment, there is the possibility of defects, malfunctions or operator error. Additionally, anesthesia drugs can be administered negligently. Finally, one of the most important components of safe anesthesia is properly monitoring a patient’s vital signs. Since it can sometimes be difficult and time consuming to determine if negligence was a cause or factor in you or your loved one’s injuries, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who has proven medical malpractice case experience.
Defective Anesthesia Equipment
No matter what type of medical equipment it is, it has to operate effectively, safely and as it was designed. When it comes to anesthesia, the stakes are high. This equipment, which is used to keep patients asleep during surgery, can quickly become dangerous if there are any mechanical or design defects. If equipment malfunctions, patients could wake up in terror and pain during the middle of an invasive surgical procedure. If anesthesia equipment is malfunctioning, patients might not wake up at all.
Negligent Administering of Anesthesia Dosage
Just as important as the machinery and equipment, is the proper administering of dosages. Dosages should be accurately calculated for each individual patient. These calculations are extremely important to the safe and successful use of anesthesia. If the dosage is too low, patients can wake up during surgery. If the dosage is too high, patients can suffer from severe injuries that include brain damage, collapsed lung, heart attacks and even death.
Not Properly Monitoring a Patient’s Vital Signs
A huge part of any successful use of anesthesia is properly monitoring a patient’s vital signs. A patient’s vital signs give extremely important data to doctors and other medical professionals. If a patient’s vital signs are being ignored or not properly monitored, a serious injury could result. Doctors and other professionals should be well trained and educated on how to properly monitor vital signs during anesthesia. If problems arise, and a patient’s vital signs are being monitored appropriately, immediate action and intervention can be taken to prevent a potentially devastating, catastrophic or fatal injury.
The expenses associated with anesthesia malpractice can be astronomical. Depending upon the severity of the injuries involved, you could be looking at thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or more in medical bills. If you lost a loved one due to anesthesia malpractice, you will also be looking at funeral expenses. Additional costs associated with anesthesia malpractice can include a loss of income and additional expenses associated with potential recovery or loss of life. In most cases, the initial medical bill or surgical procedure bill is just the tip of the iceberg.
After any type of injury or death of a loved one following a procedure involving anesthesia, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. A lawyer can stay on top of any pertinent investigative details and keep you abreast of what’s going on with your loved one’s case. You can focus on what’s important like getting back to work or caring for your family and loved ones. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve if a loved one has been injured or lost due to anesthesia malpractice.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to anesthesia malpractice in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation.
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