Baltimore Malpractice Attorneys Get Results for Victims of Anesthesia Errors
Holding medical professionals accountable when mistakes happen
The role of an anesthesiologist is to monitor a patient’s vital functions and maintain an ideal level of pain control and unconsciousness during surgery. It is a critical role, but when things go wrong, the results can include surgical errors, brain damage and even death. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected due to improperly administered anesthesia, the medical malpractice law firm of Mallon & McCool, LLC can provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need to secure maximum compensation.
What are the most common types of anesthesia errors?
Anesthesia training has come a long way in the past few decades, with medical standards being established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 1986, but mistakes still happen. Typically, they are caused by human error or oversight, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous to patients. Causes of anesthesia errors include:
- Excessive or insufficient dosing
- Lack of instructions prior to anesthesia
- Failure to monitor vital functions before, during or after administering anesthesia
- Faulty monitoring or administering equipment
- Improper catheterization or intubation
- Lack of review of patient history for possible risk factors or drug interactions
Consequences of anesthesia errors can be catastrophic
Studies indicate that one in every 133 anesthetic administrations involves some sort of error. Many of these are dose-related, with others involving adverse drug reactions or afflictions resulting from underlying medical conditions. Symptoms are typically identifiable during or immediately following a surgical procedure and can include:
- Blood pressure fluctuations or cardiac arrest
- Issues regaining consciousness or prolonged confusion
- Brain and nerve damage
- System toxicity
- Lung damage, respiratory distress and asphyxia
- Damage to the teeth, mouth or throat
With severe consequences including blindness, paralysis, cognitive impairment and death at stake, it is important to hold any doctor administering anesthesia accountable for their work and results. If you are suffering any sort of physical or mental disability following a surgical procedure, you should contact a lawyer to determine if an anesthesia error is to blame and how we can recover compensation for you.
Work with an experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorney to file a claim following an anesthesia error
Medical negligence involving anesthesia can cause damage that lasts a lifetime. While your medical condition may never be the same, you can get the compensation you need to maintain your standard of living. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various cities & counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.