Advances in anesthesia have been almost miraculous over the last few decades. Surgeries are now safer and more painless than ever before because of advances in anesthesiology. However, problems do still occur with anesthesia, and in some cases those problems are because of an error by an anesthesiologist.
In most cases, incidents involving injury because of anesthesia do not involve the type of anesthesia used, but instead involve staff members failing to monitor patients before, during, or after the procedure. There are also some situations that occur where a patient has a bad reaction to a particular type of anesthesia used.
In many situations, respiratory events during anesthesia are what caused the side effects. Almost half of all malpractice claims related to anesthesia involve respiratory incidents. Cardiac problems are also common during anesthesia.
Studies have shown that of deaths that are caused by anesthesia, almost half are because of an overdose of anesthetics. The second biggest cause of deaths due to anesthesia involve side effects of the anesthesia. Deaths are fairly rare from anesthesia, but they do happen. Those who do survive an incident where there are complications due to anesthesia could be left with brain damage or other serious conditions.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of the use of anesthesia, you should speak with an attorney. Your anesthesiologist may have committed malpractice, or the incident may have been unavoidable. Call the medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook. Our team can help.