Anesthesia is an extremely delicate procedure that must be handled with the utmost care. A patient being sedated requires skill, competence, and a technician that knows what is at risk. Patients can easily slip into a coma, overdose on anesthesia, or die. Possible complications include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Brain injuries
- Airway injuries
- Infection, including sepsis
- Exsanguination (blood loss)
- Loss of feeling and nerve damage
Neurological injuries can occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long, or if a patient suffers a stroke. A coma can also trigger the circumstances that contribute to brain injury, as when a patient overdoses on anesthesia and suffers tissue necrosis from oxygen deprivation. These injuries can contribute to loss of mobility, quality of life, and earning power, all of which could have been avoided had the procedure been performed by a more competent provider.
An error in handling anesthesia during a surgical procedure can easily become fatal, either from the anesthesia itself or the many complications that can arise during or after a procedure. Death by surgical error is not at all uncommon in the United State, and anesthesiologists are not doing enough to prevent patient harm and error.
If an anesthesia error results in a fatality, it could give rise to a legitimate wrongful death claim. Compensation for this type of loss includes loss of companionship, income, and emotional distress. No one should have to suffer the tragedy of losing someone to what should have been a procedure executed by competent professionals. Our firm can help your family pursue justice.
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If you or a loved one suspect harm has arisen from an anesthesia error, you deserve and need legal representation. We can evaluate your case for free to see what legal action can be taken to obtain justice. Surgery involves plenty of trust put into a medical provider, and when that trust is violated, a patient can experience physical or emotional trauma. For that, they deserve justice and compensation for the time taken away from work, loved ones and life.
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