When administered correctly, anesthesia is one of the most helpful medical aids available. With the assistance of anesthesia, doctors can complete complex surgeries without causing pain to their patients. But sadly, anesthesia is not always administered correctly. Anesthesia errors happen, and when they do, they can be detrimental or even fatal.
The Washington, D.C. anesthesia error attorneys of LawMD are dedicated to helping the victims of anesthesia errors recover the compensation they deserve. We are prepared to hold negligent parties accountable so your family can heal.
Anesthesia must be administered by a trained professional, called an anesthesiologist. Anesthesiologists know how to administer anesthesia correctly and are fully aware of the potential dangers of negligent anesthesia administration. Anesthesia errors may be directly related to the administration of the medication. For example, an anesthesiologist may administer too much of the medication and cause a patient to overdose.
Other anesthesia errors are not related to the medication itself, but rather the issues that occur once a patient is put under or after a procedure is completed. For example, a patient may be given another drug that causes issues when it reacts with anesthesia. Anesthesiologists and doctors are responsible for being aware of possible dangerous interactions and proceeding correctly.
Anesthesia errors can cause a range of different complications. Brain damage, cardiac arrest, breathing issues, and changes in blood pressure are some of the health problems that can result if anesthesia is not administered correctly. Anesthesia errors can also cause physical trauma and injury to the muscles, bones, and organs if a breathing tube or needle is not correctly administered.
In some cases, anesthesia errors are fatal. Families who have suffered from the loss of a loved one due to an anesthesia error can bring a wrongful death claim against the liable parties and recover compensation for funeral and burial costs, as well as any remaining medical expenses and the loss of financial support provided by the deceased person. Additionally, a lawsuit can provide compensation for non-economic damages resulting from a death such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship.