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The use of anesthesia during surgery has many potential risks associated with it, one slight error on the part of the anesthesiologist can cause serious mental or physical harm to the patient. The stressful environment of an operating room can contribute to this possibility. If this happens it may be a case of medical malpractice due to anesthesia errors and a lawsuit may ensue.
The deeper the anesthesia, the higher the risk for damage occurring to the patient, as a result of poor judgment by the physician administering it. General anesthetics present the greatest danger, because they produce unconsciousness in the patient and must be monitored continuously throughout their use.
There are different factors which may lead to errors being made. These include, not keeping close watch on vital signs and response to the drugs given, delayed or extended sedation time, incorrect intubation or use of equipment, improper concentration of drugs and communication problems between members of the surgical team.
When complications do happen, in nearly all cases it is caused solely by human error. Occasionally this may occur as a result of a patient not properly adhering to instructions to avoid eating and drinking prior to surgery, but most patients are careful to follow such rules. The entire surgical process carries risk of mistakes, from pre-op, during the actual operation and in the recovery room.
Literally a zero margin for error is acceptable in anesthesiology. Patients may suffer a heart attack, stroke, collapsed lung, brain injury, nerve damage, or in cases where insufficient amounts of the drugs are given, the patient is actually conscious during surgery and able to feel the pain, but cannot communicate.
It is sometimes challenging to prove the anesthetist’s negligence, so that is why it is essential to consult an attorney who specializes in this type of lawsuit. Patients have the right to compensation for their suffering, additional medical bills, and any permanent impairment leading to lost wages. With the right legal team behind them, they may be awarded a settlement.
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