Anesthesia Errors

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Pittsburgh Anesthesia Negligence Attorneys

A failure on the part of an anesthesiologist or other medical professional  to properly manage patients who undergo anesthesia  may constitute medical malpractice. A medical malpractice attorney with experience in anesthesia error cases can help you get the answers and justice you deserve.

Anesthesiologist Errors FAQ

Anesthesiologist Malpractice

The administration of anesthesia may seem routine from the perspective of a patient.  But complications can occur, whether they be related to anesthetic medication, unanticipated problems inserting an endotracheal tube, or sudden changes in a patient’s vital signs. 

Surgeons rely on anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to safely place patients under anesthesia and keep patients stable throughout the course of an operation.  For some problems that arise during surgery, anesthesiologists are the first doctors in the operating room expected to identify the problem and communicate the issue to the surgeon. 

Common causes of anesthesia error during surgeries include:

  • Overdose or underdose of narcotic medication and sedatives
  • Failure to recognize allergies to medications and prevent life-threatening reactions
  • Mismanagement of a difficult airway (difficulty intubating a patient)
  • Failure to properly monitor the patient for complications of anesthesia
  • Improper positioning of the patient resulting in nerve or spinal cord injury
  • Failure to communicate abnormal vital signs to the operating surgeon

Typical Injuries From Anesthesia Negligence

Anesthesia errors can come with significant consequences. These incidents may result in severe brain damage or death.  Patients who suffer permanent brain injury may be unable to work or support their family. The fallout may also involve the inability to live independently, difficulty speaking or comprehending, or the development of harmful behaviors and emotions. A  doctor who errs in the application of anesthesia may have committed medical malpractice. If so, they are liable to provide full compensation for the harm they have caused.

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