Anesthesia Errors & Coma
Information about Anesthesiologist Errors
The proper administration and monitoring of anesthesia during surgery is a vital part of saving lives. Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists receive specialized training to equip them to deal with complications that arise from time to time. When we enter into surgery, we are literally putting our lives in the hands of these valuable medical professionals.
Unfortunately, negligence and mistakes do happen, and the results can be life-shattering. Failure to conduct proper tests can lead to anaphylactic shock or other allergic reaction, sometimes resulting in coma, persistent vegetative state (PVS) or even death.
If a loved one died or was severely harmed by a negligent doctor or anesthesiologist, contact the law firm of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., home of MyPhillyLawyer, today. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers are skilled in handling anesthesia error cases. Call 215-789-9346.
Causes and Results of Anesthesia Malpractice
Dosage errors, especially anesthetic drug overdose, are the most obvious cause of serious injury or wrongful death in a case of anesthesia malpractice or negligence. Misread notes, instructions and prescriptions, and failure to maintain clear communication between members on a surgical team can cause all types of medication errors.
Poorly performed procedures such as intubation (often performed by the anesthetist) can permanently damage the airway or cause serious hypoxic injury to the brain. Inexperienced anesthetists can also cause damage to veins, muscles or the spinal cord when inserting an IV drip or performing an epidural. Failure to monitor equipment and set alarms can also result in injury, coma or death.
Aside from a negligent mistake or incompetence, there is another important cause of anesthesia malpractice. It is an unfortunate fact that anesthesiologists sometimes suffer from drug addiction, rendering them less able to perform their duties. When a hospital knows that one of its staff members has a problem and fails to act appropriately to protect patients from potential harm, a malpractice lawsuit can be an effective way of holding the responsible parties accountable.
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At MyPhillyLawyer, we will take every measure to uncover the cause of your suffering and hold those responsible accountable for their negligence. We often work with medical experts and other specialists who can testify on your behalf, strengthening your claim. You can count on us to provide the aggressive representation you need to recover full and fair compensation.
To schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in anesthesia malpractice cases, contact our offices in Philadelphia today. We are proud to stand on the side of victims of anesthesia malpractice throughout Pennsylvania.