Help with Anesthesia Errors from Experienced Idaho Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Undergoing surgery, whether minor or serious, involves some amount of risk. Even skilled surgeons make mistakes, and in especially bad cases, doctors may operate on the wrong site or even the wrong patient. Before any surgery takes place, trained professionals must administer anesthesia to ensure you will not experience the pain of the procedure. When physicians commit errors during the anesthesia process, the consequences can be equally serious to an error committed during the surgery itself.
Twin Falls medical malpractice attorneys to represent you in an anesthesia malpractice claim
Victims of anesthesia errors and their families may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, or for a wrongful death. At Pedersen & Whitehead, our attorneys have the medical knowledge and legal skill to effectively pursue Idaho anesthesia error claims on your behalf. Let us handle your medical malpractice claim so that you can focus on your health.
Administration of anesthesia takes skill and attention
Anesthesia is categorized into three types: local, regional, and general. Local and regional anesthesia both allow a patient to remain conscious through a procedure, and are generally considered safer than general anesthesia. Nevertheless, administering even these forms of anesthesia incorrectly can cause nerve damage.
General anesthesia places a patient under complete sedation for more complex surgical procedures. The cocktail of drugs used to put a patient under general anesthesia includes three components, each of which can cause health issues if administered incorrectly:
- Hypnotics: These drugs cause unconsciousness, preventing the patient from understanding what is happening. Errors in the calculation of hypnotics can cause a patient to be aware of their surroundings during a procedure, which can cause trauma to the patient.
- Relaxants: These drugs relax the patient’s muscles, which facilitate the surgeon’s access to the surgical site. They also relax muscles in the throat, which makes it possible for a breathing tube to be inserted. Failure to correctly administer relaxants could make the procedure impossible, preventing doctors from accessing the affected area. An excess of relaxants could cause the patient’s heartbeat to become dangerously slow.
- Analgesics: These drugs prevent the patient from experiencing pain. Too little of an analgesic could make a procedure extremely painful and traumatic to the patient.
Additional complications caused by anesthesia errors can include nausea, injuries during intubation, seizures, brain damage, or even death.
Even when a drug cocktail is administered correctly, anesthesiologists must remain attentive and engaged in the surgical room, monitoring the patient for signs of distress or complication. Patients may be entitled to compensation for the pain and cost caused by injuries which could have been prevented had the anesthesiologist been monitoring the patient more carefully.
Contact Pedersen & Whitehead Attorneys after an Anesthesia Error in an Idaho Hospital or Medical Facility
If you or someone you love has suffered an anesthesia error in Idaho, take action to get the compensation you deserve by contacting the experienced, effective, and trial-ready Twin Falls medical malpractice attorneys at Pedersen & Whitehead for a consultation, at 208-734-2552, or in Boise at 208-336-2552.