When a person undergoes surgery, there are a number of substantial risks involved, including those associated with anesthesia. Statistics reveal that anesthesia errors occur at a fairly low rate, but they still occur more than they should. While the American Society of Anesthesiologists reports that anesthesia is administered 40 million times a year, errors occur in only a small number of these procedures. When anesthesia errors do occur, however, the results are often particularly serious. It is important for the victims of anesthesia mistakes to obtain the assistance of our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys who can help to fight for adequate compensation for their injuries.
Anesthesia is administered by a specialized physician called an anesthesiologist. Sometimes, anesthesia is administered by other medical professionals, as well. Anesthetics are provided to patients so that they lose consciousness before surgery. Many people are not aware that there are actually several different types of anesthesia that can be used. The most common types of anesthesia include:
Despite many developments in modern medicine, anesthesia errors are still known to occur in a number of ways, including the following:
It is important for patients to realize that despite the potential complications with anesthesia, the procedure is most often safe, and statistically, these errors occur at a very low rate; you should not hesitate to undergo physician-recommended medical procedures.
The injuries that result from anesthesia errors can range from small to quite serious. Some of the most common side effects associated with anesthesia errors include the following:
In the very worst cases, death is also known to occur as a result of anesthesia errors.
At Kruger & Hodges, our medical malpractice attorneys will fight tirelessly to obtain compensation for the resulting damages that victims of anesthesia mistakes are often left with, including medical bills, emotional suffering, lost wages, and others. Contact our law office today to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney who will inform you about your various options.