Anesthesia Errors

anesthesia-errors

Our Attorneys Provide Compassionate Legal Counsel When an Anesthesia Error Causes Serious Injury or Death

Anesthesia-related accidents often result from a failure to properly monitor the patient.

When a patient undergoes anesthesia for surgery, the anesthesiologist takes responsibility for the patient’s well-being, closely monitoring the patient throughout the surgery to ensure that all vital signs, such a blood pressure and heart rate, and oxygen availability remain at safe levels. Each year, unnecessary distractions, carelessness and the failure to carefully monitor patients contribute to death and injuries because of anesthesia complications. Findling, Park, Conyers & Woody, P.C. focuses exclusively on malpractice litigation, so we know Indiana’s medical malpractice laws inside and out. Our clients benefit from our experience and history of case success, in addition to our compassionate approach.

What can go wrong when administering anesthesia?

When medical negligence causes an anesthesia injury that could have been prevented, you can seek compensation for medical malpractice. In these cases, negligence occurs when the doctor responsible for overseeing the procedure – the anesthesiologist, the surgeon or both – fails to provide the reasonable standard of care expected of the position. Negligent care involving anesthesia may include:

  • Administering the wrong anesthetic.
    • Doctors must ensure that patients can tolerate the given medication to avoid adverse reactions.
  • Administering the wrong dosage of anesthetic.
    • Dosage for anesthetics must be carefully selected and constantly selected and constantly monitored during surgery to ensure that the patient is neither too sedated nor too awake.
  • Failure to monitor vital signs.
    • Because the patient is sedated, the anesthesiologist must look to vital signs for any signs of distress. Failure to monitor vitals may result in these signs going unrecognized, delaying critical intervention when complications arise.

Types of complications related to anesthesia

When used properly, anesthesia is a safe and effective method of sedation. When complications with anesthesia do arise, medical negligence is often a contributing factor. Improperly administered anesthesia can result in significant injury to a patient, including:

  • Sudden change in blood pressure
  • Sudden change in heart rate
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart attach
  • Paralysis
  • Death

If you suffered serious injury or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death incident involving anesthesia complications, our medical malpractice attorneys can build a strong case and guide you through the lengthy legal process. Medical negligence is difficult to prove and the process of litigation is drawn out. We provide compassionate counsel to our clients while fiercely pursuing damages from the responsible parties.

Contact an Indianapolis attorney to discuss your malpractice case before it’s too late.

The office of Findling, Park, Conyers & Woody, P.C. is easily accessible by public transportation. We are conveniently located at the corner of Ohio and Pennsylvania across the street from the federal courthouse. A parking garage is available for clients. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with night and weekend hours available by request. Payment is based on contingency fee structure.

Contact us today by phone 317-231-1100 or online for a free initial consultation.