Anesthesia, whether it be local, regional, or general, is a common procedure that is generally safe and functions to prevent patients from feeling pain while undergoing surgery, among other medical procedures. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, leading to a variety of issues ranging from mild allergic reactions to brain damage and even death. These are the most frequent mistakes made when anesthesia is administered:
- Administering an incorrect dosage of anesthesia
- Improper intubation, which commonly causes tooth damage
- Ignoring or forgetting to monitor the patient under anesthesia
- Silencing the device that measures the oxygen level of blood (pulse oximeter) either by accident or on purpose
These types of mistakes can potentially cause a patient to suffer mild to severe injuries.
Deciding Who is Liable
In medical malpractice claims, either the doctor or hospital is liable. In anesthesia malpractice cases, that doctor is typically your anesthesiologist. If the anesthesiologist is a hospital employee, the hospital is liable. Even in cases where the anesthesiologist works for the hospital independently, the hospital is sometimes liable for contracting them. Hospitals may also be responsible in situations of equipment failure.
Contact a Lawyer
Unfortunately, negligent anesthesiologists can put your life in danger when you undergo a procedure known to be safe for healthy, low risk patients. Recovery from such an incident can be a harrowing process, and worrying about how to pay for it should be the least of your worries. If you believe your anesthesiologist’s negligence caused you suffering, you could be entitled to compensation. To learn more, call New England anesthesia malpractice lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488 today.