Get the Facts About Anesthesia Injuries
Effective and safe anesthesia is one of the great achievements of modern medicine. However, anesthesia carries great risks. It must be administered with care, precision and skill. That’s why we have anesthesiologists, specialists who work with surgeons, whose job is to administer anesthesia and monitor a patient’s functioning during surgery.
Even with the precaution of having a specialist whose only responsibility during the procedure is monitoring the patient, errors occur far too often. These errors can have catastrophic consequences, and in some cases, can be fatal.
What Are Common Anesthesia Errors?
Anesthesia Malpractice, or medical malpractice causing anesthesia accidents can be on the part of anesthesiologists or other health care professionals involved in a surgical procedure. Among the many ways that anesthesia malpractice may occur, errors can start with a failure to properly evaluate a patient. They can also occur during an operation. Some common anesthesia errors include:
- Failure to timely react to oxygenation problems
- Failure to properly administer oxygen during surgery
- Failure to properly monitor a patient
- Administering anesthesia to an allergic patient
- Too much anesthesia
- Harmful drug interactions with the anesthesia
- Too little anesthesia
- Delayed anesthesia delivery
- Defective medical devices used during sedation
- Inadequate product labeling
- Failing to provide the patient with proper instructions, such as not eating or drinking prior to surgery
Anesthesia Injury due to Anesthesia Malpractice
Among the many potential consequences of anesthesia overdose are coma, brain injury, and death. Specifically, an anesthesia accident can result in:
- Heart attack
- Brain injury
- Birth defects
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Awareness and/or pain during surgery (see below)
One of the most horrifying anesthesia accidents is the administration of too little anesthesia or delayed anesthesia resulting in awareness, waking up, and/or the ability to feel pain during surgery.
During “anesthesia awareness” the patient is paralyzed and cannot move or communicate, but may experience extreme pain, feeling the surgery itself, the inability to breathe, and extreme terror. Anesthesia awareness can lead to long-term psychological and emotional damage, including:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders
- Panic and anxiety disorders
- Extreme fear of doctors and medical settings, leading to the avoidance of necessary medical care
What To Do After Anesthesia Injuries
Undergoing an operation where anesthesia will be administered means placing complete trust in an anesthesiologist to safeguard a patient’s vital life functions. While the vast majority of anesthesiology administration is safely performed without incident, anesthesiology malpractice does occur, sometimes with devastating results.
Anesthesiology injuries can mean sudden emotional, physical, and financial hardships for not only patients but also for their families. It might be difficult to think about seeking legal help during such a traumatic event, but there is a limited time frame for taking legal action. In many cases you will need the compensation that you deserve as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has experienced death or a serious injury which you think may have been because of an anesthesiology error or anesthesia malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation, including coverage for one or all of the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Loss of companionship
- Long-term disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Current and future loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term care expenses
- Burial expenses
Together, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers Michael L. Weiss, Esq. and Robert E. Paarz, Esq. have presented over 15 cases of anesthesiology malpractice to juries, having helped families achieve substantial financial recoveries. Michael L. Weiss, Esq. and Robert E. Paarz, Esq. are committed to using their experience and knowledge to assist any family or individual who has suffered a severe, permanent injury or death because of medical malpractice to obtain compensation.
If you believe you or a loved one may have experienced such an injury, contact Weiss & Paarz, P.C., today.
*The firm handles cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For cases outside those states, Weiss & Paarz works with local attorneys in the state where the medical care took place, at no additional cost to the client.