When a doctor or nurse fails to provide proper medical treatment to a patient, it can result in death, brain injury, or severe lifelong health issues to the patient. One form of this medical malpractice is anesthetic error on the part of a doctor or nurse.
What is an Anesthetic Error?
There may be an error in administering anesthesia before or during an operation. Such errors include:
- Administering too much anesthesia to the patient
- Misusing anesthetics
- Using defective equipment
- Failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs
- Improperly intubating the patient (putting tube in the trachea to help breathing)
Errors from the anesthesiologist can happen before the anesthesia is even administered. If the medical professional fails to learn the patient’s medical history or inform the patient about risks involved, this may be medical malpractice.
What are the Effects of an Anesthetic Error?
Depending on which of the errors the doctor or nurse commits, physical or mental damage can result. The following are just a few of the outcomes a patient can experience:
- Fluid in the lungs
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Heart attack
Thurswell Law Has the Knowledge and Experience You Need
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an anesthetic error, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the medical staff who failed you. Thurswell Law can represent your family to negotiate a settlement or take your case to court. For over 48 years, our attorneys have helped victims of medical malpractice secure the finances they need. Call Thurswell today for a free consultation.