Anesthesia is administered so that lifesaving procedures can be performed on patients about 40 million times per year. An anesthesiologist must carefully administer the anesthesia and monitor the patient’s vital signs throughout the operation. Brain injury, suffocation, paralysis, heart attack, coma and even death can result from mistakes in dosage and monitoring. In some instances, improper dosage can allow a patient to “wake up” during an operation, experiencing pain and distress.
When the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist are negligent and make a mistake during surgery, the patient can experience severe pain, and may be left with post traumatic stress disorder, brain damage or other devastating injuries, including wrongful death.
Anesthesia is administered routinely every day in hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country. While the odds of an anesthesia mistake during surgery are very small, thousands of people each year experience anesthesia awareness, a condition where they are awake but unable to move or communicate their pain to the doctor. In addition, there are hundreds of anesthesia-related deaths every year, many of which may have been prevented with the exercise of reasonable care.
Anesthesiologists are responsible for the patient’s positioning during surgical procedures. If a patient is positioned improperly, nerve damage or other ischemic injuries may result. This can cause conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, sometimes called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. There is no cure for this condition, and the impairments can cause lifelong harm.
Ryan will investigate and review cases for individuals who suffered severe physical harm or death as a result of a surgical mistake involving anesthesia. To find out if you have a medical malpractice claim against an anesthesiologist, contact Ryan at (801) 502-8735 or by filling out the case submission form below.