Surgical procedures that require anesthesia are automatically more dangerous than those that can be done without it. Delivered in the wrong dose, or to a patient whose health does not permit this type of treatment, anesthesia can be extremely dangerous, if not lethal. With the help of anesthesia, painful operations can be made much more bearable, because the patient will be in an unconscious or semi-conscious state.
Unfortunately, the dose of anesthesia that is given to a patient is only as effective as the medical professional who is administering it. If an anesthesiologist is negligent, unprepared, or under-qualified to perform the duties of his or her job, serious consequences could result.
Our Albuquerque medical malpractice lawyer has seen the results of an anesthesia error are rarely minor. While the degree of the injury is subject to the type of error that was made, and the medical responses that were delivered immediately following the mistake, there is no question the victim was wrongfully injured in the process.
In many cases of anesthesia error, the patients suffer from serious, life-changing injuries. As such, they become the rightful recipients of compensation that can only be obtained by pursuing a medical malpractice claim under the guidance of a legal professional. Any person who has suffered from one of the following as a result of an anesthesia error should immediate contact our firm for legal support:
The use of anesthesia is recognized among medical professionals as risky; however, this does not inhibit doctors, surgeons, dentists, etc. from utilizing the substance, especially for patients who are facing painful surgeries. Persons undergoing anesthesia have no choice but to trust the competence of the professional who is treating them. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals are deserving of such trust, and some make critical errors that could prove to be fatal.
Among the most common types of errors made by anesthesiologists are:
The number of errors that exist when executing a procedure that requires anesthesia is overwhelming. In fact, the above list only depicts a few of the many issues that can arise as a medical procedure is conducted. In addition, anesthetized patients can be harmed by defective equipment, prolonged states of sedation, a medical provider's previous drug or alcohol use, communication failure between two medical providers, and even oxygen that was allowed to come too close to heated surgical equipment.
In the worst case scenario, the victim of an anesthesia error can lose his or her life. In fact, it has been estimated that out of every 200,000 to 300,000 surgeries that involve anesthesia, 1 person will lose their life due to the error of a medical provider. Anesthesia complications account for thousands of deaths and injuries every year, and the victims who suffer are often left to do so alone.
At The Law Office of James H. Wood PC, however, this will not be the case. Here, our team of legal professionals is prepared to take on medical malpractice cases that involve anesthesia complications, and we will work to obtain compensation for the victims of this type of medical accident.
Whether a patient suffered from a recoverable injury, permanent brain damage, or irreparable paralysis, we are ready to invest the efforts necessary to obtain compensation; whether a patient's anesthesia was administered locally, regionally, or generally, we are willing to take a case to court if a doctor's negligence caused the patient harm; whether the use of too little anesthesia resulted in premature awakening or the use of too much anesthesia resulted in delayed awakening, legal action can be taken. Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits of every nature are always complicated, none more so, perhaps, than those involving anesthesia errors.
If you were personally victimized or you are the family member of a patient who lost their life from an anesthesia error, we encourage you to contact our office to speak with an Albuquerque medical malpractice lawyer.