Administering anesthesia during surgery requires a high degree of expertise and reliability. Any mistake on the part of the anesthesiologist can injure the patient. If you or a loved one has been injured because of an anesthetic error, an anesthesia malpractice lawyer in Indianapolis, IN, can represent you and secure just compensation. Contact Golitko & Daly, PC today to review your case and determine if your injuries were caused by malpractice.
The Purpose of Anesthesia
Anesthesia is used in a wide range of surgical procedures to dull pain. There are many forms of anesthesia including those that are inhaled and those that are injected locally or intravenously. While all forms of anesthesia have risks associated with use, general anesthesia typically presents the highest risk because it involves a loss of consciousness during the procedure. When you are under general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist, nurse, or doctor must closely monitor your vitals throughout the procedure in order to prevent injury.
Errors can take place before anesthesia is even administered, as well as during and after surgery.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Administering anesthesia and monitoring the patient throughout a procedure takes a great deal of focus and skill. Even minor errors can have disastrous consequences for a patient. Errors can take place before anesthesia is even administered, as well as during and after surgery. Some common anesthetic errors include:
- Failing to evaluate a patient’s medical history carefully for allergies or other potential complications
- Failing to provide patients with adequate instructions regarding food and drink intake before or after the procedure
- Giving the patient too much or too little anesthesia
- Failing to monitor the patient’s vitals for the duration of the procedure
- Using defective equipment
- Providing inadequate oxygen
Consequences of Anesthesia Malpractice
Doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists can commit anesthesia malpractice. Additionally, if defective equipment is used, the manufacturer of the equipment may also be held liable for any injuries. Anesthesia errors can have serious, life-altering, and even fatal consequences. Some common injuries that result from anesthesia errors include:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Brain injuries including aneurysm, memory loss, and paralysis
- Asphyxia or a collapsed lung
How an Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Malpractice cases are complex, especially when there are multiple negligent parties involved. The best way to secure the compensation you deserve is to work with an anesthesia malpractice attorney, such as Matthew Golitko or John P. Daly. Our attorneys have helped many clients rebuild their lives following these types of injuries, and will work diligently to gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case. Our attorneys will seek damages for your injuries, which may include compensation for:
- Your present and estimated future medical expenses
- Loss of income or loss of ability to work
- Reduced quality and enjoyment of life
- Emotional and physical trauma
- Loss of companionship for your loved ones
In the event that an anesthesia error has resulted in the death of your loved one, our attorneys will file a wrongful death suit to recover additional damages for your loss.
Speak with an Anesthesia Attorney
Anesthesia errors can cause serious, permanent damage, so it is essential to take action against the negligent party. If you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating injury caused by an anesthesia error, contact our law firm to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys. We can evaluate your case and determine if a malpractice suit is appropriate for your situation.