Anesthesia Events: Malpractice or Complication?

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 12, 2016

Doctors commonly employ the use of anesthesia when a patient goes through surgery or any major medical procedure. Anesthetic agents inhibit pain receptors and generally work in such a way as to numb the anesthetized. Anesthesiologists use three main forms of anesthesia. This includes:

  1. Local anesthesia – The drug blocks transmission of certain nerve impulses to a specific area of the body or spinal cord. This stops that part from feeling sensation and pain.
  2. Sedation – This form of anesthesia limits the transmission of nerve impulses between the limbic system and the cerebral cortex. Sedation suppresses anxiety and long-term memory formation for a brief period.
  3. General anesthesia – Anesthetic agents suppress the entire central nervous system and render the patient unconscious. Doctors will use this for more complicated and major procedures.

While anesthesia contains inherent risks, some injuries and pain are avoidable. If you were hurt because of the drug, it can be difficult to determine whether it was a complication that could not be helped or case of medical malpractice. At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, we want to protect you from anesthesia errors. If you were injured, you may be eligible for compensation.

Medical Malpractice or Unfortunate Complication?

Anesthesia as a drug is not foolproof. While it works well for majority of the time, there are moments where complications can arise. Other times, an anesthesiologist’s negligence can cause irreparable injuries or harm. With the latter incident, the patient or their family can seek compensation for their pain and suffering. In order to help you better deduce whether someone is a victim of unfortunate circumstances or malpractice, we give you some examples.

Examples of anesthesia complications include:

  1. Damage to the larynx or sore throat
  2. Allergic reaction to anesthesia, with no prior history
  3. Nausea and vomiting
  4. Anesthesia awareness (gaining consciousness during procedure)
  5. Hearth attack
  6. Post-operative pain

Examples of medical malpractice with anesthesia error:

  1. Failing to monitor the patient properly, during and after the surgery
  2. Administering the wrong dosage of anesthesia
  3. Improperly intubating patient
  4. Not monitoring the patient’s oxygen levels
  5. Not properly informing and advising the patient before the surgery

If an individual sustains injury because of anesthesia errors, they can hold either the hospital or the anesthesiologist responsible. If the anesthesiologist is employed by the hospital, than the medical facility will automatically be held accountable. If the anesthesiologist is an independent contractor, than they will have to answer for the injuries and mistakes.

At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, we understand how painful injuries caused by anesthesia errors can be. If you or a loved one was harmed because of someone else’s negligence or inaction, you can seek justice and recover compensation for your pain. While complications do happen, physicians and anesthesiologists need to make sure they follow all the steps to prevent any unnecessary risks. Call our Nashville medical malpractice attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We will review your story and strategize the best plan of action for you. Schedule a consultation today!

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