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According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, over 40 million anesthetics are administered each year throughout the country–most safely and with no side effects. But sometimes errors and malpractice related to anesthesia errors do cause serious problems for patients.

Types of Anesthesia

Anesthesia takes on a variety of forms, and serves many purposes, though a general definition of anesthetics is the loss of sensation or consciousness. There are two main categories of anesthesia:

  1. Local anesthesia: Given to reduce or eliminate sensation in a particular area of the body.
  2. General anesthesia: Given to halt the muscular reflexes of the body, including breathing and swallowing.

Common Causes of Anesthesia Errors

Through technological advances, rates of medical errors caused by, or directly related to the use of, anesthesia have been reduced. However, anesthesia errors have not been eliminated entirely, and continue to cause death and disabling injuries.

Anesthesia complications can arise from:

  • Administering inappropriate doses of anesthesia.
  • Failure to properly review a patient’s medical history.
  • Failure to provide patient with clear and direct instructions prior to their procedure.
  • Failure to properly monitor a patient prior to and during anesthesia.
  • Failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure and respirations.
  • Improper catheter placement.
  • Improper intubation and airway management during general anesthesia.
  • Faulty equipment, including vital sign monitors.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to anesthesia errors, your doctor or anesthesiologist may be liable for any resulting damages, and you should contact our attorneys immediately to discuss your legal rights.

Let the Attorneys and Medical Investigators at Schochor, Federico and Staton Help You

Schochor, Federico and Staton’s anesthesia practice focuses on injuries sustained as a result of negligent or inappropriate techniques during anesthesia. Since our firm has been handling medical malpractice cases since our founding in 1984, we have a thorough understanding of how to build strong cases to help plaintiffs pursue the maximum compensation resulting from anesthesia errors. We have filed more medical negligence cases than any other law firm in Maryland and have won over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts.

Contact us online or call us today at 410-234-1000 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case. You pay nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

Symptoms

Symptoms of errors that have resulted from anesthesia complications can include:

  • Difficulty obtaining consciousness
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Mental confusion
  • Lung infections
  • Respiratory distress
  • Stroke or seizure
  • Heart attack
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation
  • Damage to the trachea, teeth, or mouth from improper intubation
  • Blindness
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Diagnosis

Injuries that occur as the result of anesthesia complications may not be apparent immediately following the procedure. It is important to know that anesthesia mistakes can lead to severe and life-altering injuries, including death.

Treatment

Since the complications that can arise from anesthesia vary greatly, treatment is incredibly diverse, and will depend on the type of error the patient has experienced.

Treatment may involve:

  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy

Resources

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mayo Clinic
Medscape
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
National Institute of General Medical Services
National Institute of Health: Medline Plus
Sibley Memorial Hospital
University of Maryland Medical Center