Anesthesia is frequently used during medical procedures, especially surgical procedures, in order to allow the patient to undergo the procedure without pain. Although most anesthesia is administered safely and effectively, anesthesia errors can and do occur – often with devastating results, including coma, heart attack, stroke and even death.
Types of Anesthesia
There are various types of anesthesia used depending on the type of surgical procedure that the patient will undergo. General anesthesia is used for most major surgeries and the patient enters a state of complete unconsciousness. Conversely, local anesthesia is used to numb only the site of the surgical procedure and regional anesthesia is used to temporarily block pain signals to the brain. Spinal anesthesia, such as an epidural, is used to numb the lower body and is frequently used during childbirth.
Common Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors can occur for a number of reasons, but they are frequently the result of doctor error or medical malpractice. When an anesthesiologist or other healthcare professional fails to exercise the proper level of care, he or she may be liable for an injuries resulting from the negligence. Some common anesthesia errors include:
- Incorrect Dosage
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Harmful drug interaction
- Delayed anesthesia delivery
- Failure to intubate or incorrect intubation
- Failure to properly monitor a patient
- Failure to recognize complications
- Failure to respond to vital alarms or turning off alarms
- Improper or negligent administration of oxygen during surgery
- Communication errors before, during or after the procedure
- Prolonged sedation
- Defective equipment
Medical Malpractice Experience You Can Trust
The team of Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Ankin Law Offices has considerable experience advising and advocating on behalf of victims of medical malpractice. Our years of experience with the medical malpractice lawsuits affords us the skill and knowledge necessary to adequately advocate on our clients’ behalf with respect to the complex legal issues that are involved.
If you or a loved one has been affected by an anesthesia error, contact the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Ankin Law Offices to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help your recover for the injuries sustained as a result of the anesthesia error.
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