Going under the knife is a scary process. However, the actual scalpel itself may not be the most important thing to worry about. The application of anesthesia is typically the most dangerous part of a patient’s surgery.
The job of an anesthesiologist needs to be performed with extreme caution, as they have zero room for error. There are a few different ways that anesthesia medical malpractice can occur. Whether it is the use of too much anesthesia, too little anesthesia, or the use of the wrong type of anesthesia, all of them can be detrimental to the patient’s health.
While proving negligence in an anesthesia medical malpractice case is difficult, the attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP have the experience and resources available to help you determine if you have a case and obtain your full financial compensation.
Types of Anesthesia
There are three main types of anesthesia; general, regional, and local. General anesthesia is used to put patients in a completely unconscious state; regional anesthesia is used to anesthetize only one part of the body such as a spinal block; and local anesthesia is applied to only one small part of the body.
The complications of anesthesia can vary depending on the type that has been used as well as the patient receiving it. Complications can arise from the use of any of the three variations of anesthesia, with general anesthesia being the most dangerous.
Causes of Anesthesia Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur at any time during the surgical process. Whether that be in the operating room, during preoperative preparations, in the recovery room, and more. Often, anesthesia medical malpractice is caused by anesthesiologists making simple errors in judgment or overlooking obvious signs or danger. Simple errors and warning signs that anesthesiologists may overlook include:
- Administering the wrong dosage
- Administering an overdose
- Defective equipment
- Failing to educate patients about pre and post behaviors
- Negligence in monitoring the patient’s vital signs
Complications of Anesthesia Medical Malpractice
There are several complications that can occur from anesthesia medical malpractice. The complications range from life-threatening to more minor, temporary problems. Some of the most common complications stemming from anesthesia medical malpractice include:
- Heart Attack
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Brain Damage
- Respiratory Difficulties
Contact the Attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP Today
Anesthesia medical malpractice can lead to number of complications from nausea to stroke, and has the potential to cause patients life-threatening problems. If you have been involved in an anesthesia malpractice incident, contact the team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP today. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (404)445-1411.