Dangers of Anesthesia
Although anesthesia is crucial for making a number of surgical procedures possible, it also carries certain risks that are separate from the operations themselves. It is the responsibility of anesthesiologists and surgeons to carefully plan surgeries in order to mitigate these potential dangers. However, if these doctors make mistakes regarding the administration of anesthesia, patients can be left facing a variety of severe and possibly disabling consequences.
Consequences of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesiologists should thoroughly review their patients’ health conditions and medical history in order to make well-informed decisions regarding the appropriate type of anesthesia, dosage, and safe duration for the surgery. Failure to do so can result in the following problems:
- Allergic reactions
- Residual paralysis
- Malignant hyperthermia
- Respiratory difficulties
- Loss of sight due to ischemic optic neuropathy
In addition to the physical consequences associated with these issues, they can also force victims to spend weeks or even months in recovery, causing them to miss work and activities they once enjoyed. In these situations, injured patients may be entitled to financial compensation not only for their additional medical bills but also for lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you care about has been the victim of an anesthesia error, you could be entitled to monetary compensation to cover your damages. However, it can be difficult to pursue a medical malpractice case without the help of a skilled legal team. To learn more about your potential legal options, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, today at (617) 426-4488.