Anesthesia complications that occur during surgery may result in the need to file a medical malpractice claim. Each year, thousands of patients find themselves suffering serious or permanent damage from anesthesia errors, and many families lose loved ones due to fatal anesthesia complications.
Causes of Anesthesia Errors
The administration and monitoring of anesthesia is a complex job that requires an anesthesiologist to perform. These specially trained doctors require the extra medical school to be able to place a patient under sedation and bring them out safely. When they fail to follow set procedures and a patient is injured as a result, a Honolulu medical malpractice attorney may help file a malpractice claim.
Some of the common causes of anesthesia complications and errors are:
- improper dosage of anesthetic medications;
- delay in delivering necessary components of the anesthesia;
- failure to monitor;
- oxygen errors or hazards;
- prolonged sedation; and
- failure to respond to alarms or distress.
The process of anesthesia is very involved with several components such as medications, oxygen, and medical devices necessary to put a patient into a coma-like state, keep them stable, and safely bring them back to consciousness. When a medical professional is negligent in their duties to prevent anesthesia errors you should speak with an attorney about your damages and potential for a medical malpractice claim.
Dangers of Anesthesia Complications and Errors
There are a wide variety of medications and procedures used for general and local anesthesia that all patients react differently to. Your doctor should review your history for prior uses and see which methods you did or did not tolerate, as well as other known allergies.
Failure to account for patient allergy history, as well as another medical history that may place you in danger of anesthesia complications, can cause adverse reactions to the procedure. These anesthesia errors may mean that a patient will have to file a Hawaii medical malpractice claim to seek the necessary compensation to treat their injuries.
Injuries suffered from anesthesia errors or complications may include:
- cardiovascular damage;
- brain damage;
- tracheal damage during intubation;
- asphyxia (lack of oxygen);
- loss of bodily function;
- spinal cord injury; and
Depending on the nature of the anesthesia complications and method of administration there are numerous injuries you may suffer, some of which may create a permanent disability. A Honolulu medical malpractice attorney can assist you in filing a Hawaii medical malpractice claim to help pursue compensation for these losses.
Contacting a Honolulu Medical Malpractice Attorney
After a serious anesthesia error, you should be able to spend your time focusing on your recovery; not dealing with never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. Attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on healing. Serving accident victims on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and beyond. Contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation – (808) 740-0633.