Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Lawyers and Anesthesia Errors Attorneys of Gilman Law LLP
Anesthesia is a common medication used on patients prior to certain surgical and medical procedures which allow a patient to undergo surgery and other procedures without the distress and pain they may experience otherwise. Medical professionals routinely administer this medication in a hospital setting, in a physician’s office, outpatient center, or a dental office.
This common medication, however, can cause serious injuries when improperly administered. It is estimated that 1 in every 200,000 patients die due to anesthesia complications. These anesthesia errors and injuries are typically the result of professional negligence. Since anesthesia is a medication that affects the central nervous system, anesthesia errors can lead to devastating injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of an anesthesia errors, you need an experienced Massachusetts anesthesia error lawyer on your side.
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Possible Causes of Anesthesia Errors
The most common anesthesia errors resulting from medical negligence are:
- Dosage error
- Delayed anesthesia delivery or inadequate levels which causes patients to be awake during surgery and/or feel conscious pain
- Failure to incubate properly
- Failure to recognize complications
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Turning off the alarm on the pulse oximeter
- Improper administration of oxygen during surgery or placement of breathing tubes
- Use of defective equipment
- Prolonged sedation
Injuries Caused by Anethesia Errors
The most common injuries caused by anesthesia errors are:
- Loss of motor function (walking, moving arms/legs)
- Nerve damage
- Tracheal damages
- Asphyxia or lack of oxygen supply
- Cardiovascular injury which may include heart attack or stroke
- Birth defects
- Loss of bodily function
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Legal Help for Victims of Anesthesia Error
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to anesthesia error as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the Massachusetts personal injury attorneys of Gilman Law LLP for a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation. Our medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.