Orange County Anesthesia Error Attorney
Undergoing a medical procedure can be an unnerving experience. The use of anesthesia, be it general, regional or local, can make it even more so. Despite significant advances in the field of anesthesiology, anesthesia errors still occur. The devastating effects of such mistakes can range from persistent localized numbness to loss of heart function and even wrongful death. Anesthesia errors are often the result of medical negligence and victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses with the help of an Orange County anesthesia error lawyer.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm as a result of an anesthesia error, it is important to understand that you have legal rights and options. Call (866) 434-1424 today to speak with a qualified and compassionate Orange County personal injury attorneys who can examine your case at no cost and determine your best course of action.
What is an Anesthesia Error?
To administer anesthesia, the medical professional is required to participate in prior consultation and exhibit medical expertise. Unfortunately, if they administer too little anesthesia, too much anesthesia or an improper anesthetic, there can be serious (even deadly) consequences as a result of this medical malpractice.
How Does an Anesthesia Error Occur?
Injuries that can result from an anesthesia error include:
- Improper intubation
- Failing to monitor blood loss and vital signs
- Failure by the hospital to thoroughly review a patient’s medical history
- Failure to monitor patients responses to anesthesia
- Administering the wrong dosage
Common Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia wrongful death
Anesthesia can intentionally slow the body and its functions nearly the point of death. If the proper procedures, standards, and protocol are not followed, it is possible for the patient to die.
Sometimes, after anesthesia is administered, it will appear as though they are under. This may not be the case and they are actually awake and unable to move or communicate this to the surgeons. Victims of anesthesia awareness may suffer from PTSD, insomnia, paranoia, and flashbacks.
Effects of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia is typically used to prevent the sensation of pain during a medical procedure. Regional and local anesthesia blocks pain signals from a specific part of the body and is typically administered through the spinal column area. General anesthesia relies on inhalants or intravenous agents to render the patient unconscious during a procedure.
All types of anesthesia have the potential to cause serious injury or death to patients. The adverse effects of anesthesia errors may include:
- Seizures and unconsciousness
- Heart arrhythmia
- Confusion, dizziness, tinnitus and blurred vision
- Anesthesia awareness (when the patient is fully aware of their surrounding, including sensitivity to pain, but are unable to move or communicate)
- Loss of heart function and/or cardiovascular collapse
- Malignant hyperthermia
- Wrongful death
Contact an Orange County Anesthesia Error Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an anesthesia error, you may be eligible to recover your damages including pain and anguish, medical bills and more with the help of an Orange County personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, an anesthesiologist, nurse, hospital, or another healthcare professional could be held liable for your losses.
Please contact us today to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn who can protect your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.