Anesthesia Errors in West Virginia
What is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia refers to a temporary, medically-induced state which causes the inability to feel pain, distress and respond during medical procedures, such as surgery. Whether it’s general, regional or local anesthesia, administration may involve one or more types of drug, depending on the specific medical procedure. However, when a patient experiences unnecessary harm as a result of errors in administering anesthesia, the doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist or other medical staff members are held accountable.
Anesthesia errors may result in:
- Brain or organ damage
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Seizures and stroke
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Vein, nerve, or artery damage
- Malignant hyperthermia
- Birth defects
- Blood pressure complications
- Spinal cord injury
- Coma and death
If you have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one due to an anesthesia error, you have the right to pursue legal action. The West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys at Fitzsimmons Law Firm can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your injuries and hold negligent health care providers liable for causing your additional pain and suffering.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
While anesthesia errors arise in various forms, the majority of anesthesia error cases occur due to the incompetence or negligence of one or more medical professionals. These health care providers have an immense responsibility to keep the patient sedated and monitor their vital signs and oxygenation during surgery.
Common anesthesia errors include the following:
- Administering an excess of anesthesia than required
- Administering less anesthesia than required
- Administering an incorrect form of anesthesia
- Failure to prevent anesthesia interactions
- Failure to properly inform or instruct patients prior to applying anesthesia
- Failure to administer oxygen during surgery or properly monitor the patient
- Delayed delivery of anesthesia
- Use of defective medical devices and equipment used to apply anesthesia.
In regards to anesthesiologist, rarely do patients understand their role and obligation. They briefly meet their anesthesiologist briefly before surgery, providing not enough ample time for the patient or family members to conduct a background check or examine their credentials prior to surgery.
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Over the past 30 years, the attorneys at Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has recovered millions of dollars on behalf their clients. Their West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to fighting for their clients in court while they recovery, in order to obtain the compensation they deserve.
Contact their firm by calling (888) 492-4303 today.