The use of anesthesia during medical procedures has become commonplace, but the risks associated with the use of anesthesia are still very real. Administering anesthesia had become a specialized field, and only those specialists trained in administering anesthetizing drugs should do so. Even when anesthesia specialists administer these types of drugs, injuries to the patient undergoing the procedure can and do still occur. There are a number of reasons why an anesthesia error may occur, but one of the most troubling reasons in negligence. When a patient suffers an injury due to an anesthesia error, the patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Not only could the anesthesiologist be held accountable for an anesthesia error but the doctor and other medical staff could be held accountable as well.
Acting recklessly with the lives of others is just inexcusable. When an individual is aware that his or her actions or inactions could cause harm to another and do nothing to change their behavior, this individual should be held responsible for any injuries sustained by innocent parties as a result of his or her negligent behavior. When distracted drivers cause car accident, when store owners fail notify customers of hazards on the property, or when employers do not supply their employees with the proper safety equipment, these individuals can be held accountable for any personal injury that results due to their negligence. The same holds true for those in the medical profession. When licensed healthcare providers fail to perform their job duties according to the medical community’s standards of care and an injury or death results, the healthcare provider can be sued for medical malpractice because of their negligence.
In the case of an anesthesiologist of other healthcare provider that fails to properly monitor patients administered anesthesia or fails to properly administer anesthesia to their patients, the anesthesiologist and the other healthcare providers can be held liable for any injuries suffered by the patient. Too much or too little anesthesia may be administered, or the anesthesia may negatively interact with other drugs taken by the patient. Patients may not receive anesthesia in a timely manner or oxygen may not be properly administered to the patient while anesthetized. This can lead to permanent and disabling injuries and can even lead to the patient’s death. Patients may suffer serious injuries such as strokes, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, coma, or brain injuries. If anesthesia is not administered properly, patients may even awake during medical procedures. They may be aware of their surroundings and may feel pain but be unable to move or speak. This can lead to severe psychological problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic disorders.
Victims of anesthesia error in Maryland or Washington D.C. can contact the law firm of Robinson and Associates for a consultation. The attorneys at Robinson and Associates can review the medical malpractice claim and assist in formulating a strategy for a successful outcome in the case. Victims of anesthesia error in Maryland or Washington D.C. may be eligible for financial compensation for their injuries, and Robinson and Associates can help victims ensure they receive the monies to which they may be entitled.