If someone you care about passes away and you suspect an anesthesia error may be to blame, you must seek legal aid. I am proud to offer personalized legal service to victims of medical malpractice.
Types of injuries caused by anesthesia malpractice
While medical malpractice can cause pain and anger for you and your family, a skilled injury lawyer can help you recover damages and move on with your life. While anesthesia can be lethal if used irresponsibly, not all medical malpractice cases involving anesthesia errors result in death, but can cause catastrophic injury.
Anesthesia errors can also cause the following types of injuries:
- Tracheal damage
- Brain damage
- Birth defects
- Spinal cord injury
- Heart attacks
The causes of anesthesia errors vary. Sometimes death or injury is the result of harmful drug interactions of which the medical staff should have been aware. A hospital, doctor, or other health care provider who fails to understand perils of drug interactions is responsible for any injuries that occur. Doctors who administer too little or too much anesthesia to patients may also cause injuries.
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of medical staff to be aware of patient allergies to anesthesia. Defective medical devices or inattention by medical staff may also result in injury or death.
Other statistics on anesthesia errors
The National Institutes of Health discovered that from 1999-2005, there were 2,211 recorded anesthesia-related deaths in the United States. Also according to the NIH, 42.5 percent of those deaths were due to adverse effects of anesthetics in therapeutic use, 3.6 percent were the result of complications of anesthesia during pregnancy, labor, and puerperium, and 7.3 percent involved some other type of complication involving the use of anesthesia.
Securing your future after serious injury
I am grateful for the opportunity to represent clients from all walks of life. I focus on the goals of minimizing clients' losses, obtaining significant recovery for injuries, and providing security and comfort to the families in death actions. Contact our office online or call 412-246-9235 for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation. When I accept your case, you owe nothing out of pocket until I recover compensation for you.