Dallas Anesthesia Error Attorneys
Seriously Injured Due To An Anesthesia Mistake?
When an individual is set to undergo a surgical procedure, they may have to be administered anesthesia. Unfortunately, there are times when medical professionals and anesthesia experts make mistakes during the process. When this happens, the patient can suffer serious damage as a result. Anesthesia errors are often more dangerous than other kinds of medical malpractice because of the severity of injury that can occur.
If you have been injured or someone you love died due to an anesthesia mistake, our attorneys at Aldous \ Walker can help you seek compensation. We are dedicated to upholding the rights of our clients every step of the way.
Learn about your rights in a free consultation. Call (214) 307-6307 to get connected with our firm.
Why Do Anesthesia Errors Happen?
When an anesthesiologist commits a mistake or error, they are acting in negligence. Before even administering anesthesia, the anesthesiologist may fail to check the medical history of the patient to see if they may suffer any adverse affects. They may also fail to discuss the possible risks with the patient before the administration of anesthesia. These are mistakes that can happen and leave the patient at risk of serious injury.
Anesthesia mistakes can occur in many forms, all having various effects on the patient, such as:
- The anesthesiologist may not properly intubate a patient.
- The equipment may not be maintained or checked for defects.
- The doctor did not check the patient’s vitals or reaction to the anesthesia.
- The anesthesiologist did not administer enough anesthesia, or administered too much.
What Are the Consequences of Anesthesia Mistakes?
The misadministration of anesthesia can cause lasting harm to the patient who suffers such a mistake. Some of the most common injuries caused by anesthesia errors include:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Spinal cord injuries
- Blood clots
- Brain damage
- Organ failure
If you or your loved one suffered any of these or other injuries after a surgical procedure, it may be a sign of anesthesia malpractice. Our experienced team at Aldous \ Walker LLP can investigate the cause of your injuries to determine if malpractice occurred and help you hold the negligence party responsible.
Call our anesthesia error lawyers in Dallas at (214) 307-6307 to schedule a free consultation.
Statistics Regarding Anesthesia Errors
Any time an anesthesia error occurs, it should be a cause for concern because of the potential damages that may arise. There are a number of errors that have occurred in the past and these numbers can be alarming, especially considering how often people go through surgical procedures. The Journal of Healthcare Risk Management conducted a study regarding anesthesia mistake claims from 2007 to 2012 examining 607 cases. The results showed the types of damages that claims involved.
Of the cases studied, anesthesia mistakes resulted in the following types of injuries:
- Teeth damage – 20.8%
- Death – 18.3%
- Nerve damage – 13.5%
- Organ damage – 12.7%
- Pain – 10.9%
- Cardiac arrest – 10.7%
These numbers show that anesthesia mistakes are a real risk and individuals who are harmed often have to deal with serious or even fatal consequences. During the same period, a majority of the claims occurred in hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. If you are undergoing a surgical procedure, it is important to make sure the anesthesiologist fully informs you of the risks. The doctor and anesthesiologist should also thoroughly evaluate your medical history beforehand to avoid complications.
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