One of the more common types of medical mistakes to take place in a hospital setting is an anesthesia error. While surgery, including the use of anesthesia, does carry inherent risks, if a healthcare professional is medically negligent it can lead to serious injuries.
A Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case to determine if your injuries were the result of an anesthesia mistake and if you are entitled to pursue a West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Common Types of Anesthesia Errors
Some of the more common types of anesthesia errors include:
- adverse/allergic reactions;
- failure to recognize changes in vital signs;
- incorrect dosage (over or under);
- failure to monitor patient;
- incorrect administration;
- wrong combination of anesthetics and oxygen; and
- improper intubation.
An anesthesia mistake is often a result of miscommunication, lack of training or inattention. When an anesthesia error leads to injuries, you may be eligible to recover damages in a West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Types of Anesthesia Administered
While the least risky type of anesthesia to have administered is a local anesthetic on a specific location of the body, it still carries risks. An anesthesia error could result in an individual suffering from systemic toxicity, which results in a dramatic drop in heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
A riskier type of anesthesia to have administered is regional. While it carries with it risks similar to local anesthesia, the injection is given right next to a spinal cord nerve. This can have long-term effects such as pain, numbness and weakness.
The most risky type of anesthesia to have administered is general, where a patient is put to sleep.
The risks of a general anesthesia mistake include:
- liver damage;
- heart attack;
- lung damage; and
How a Clarksburg Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
A Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney understands medical malpractice laws, including the timeframe you have to file a West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
This area of law can be very complex, but with the help of a Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney you can have the assurance that someone is working on your side. Your attorney can take care of the complicated paperwork and the discussions with insurance companies.
Additionally, a Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney can collect your medical records, charts and notations from the anesthesiologist and any other information related to your injuries to compile a strong case to help you fight for your West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Contacting a Clarksburg Medical Malpractice Attorney
The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation - 304-326-1800