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What Is Anesthesia Malpractice?


Hundreds of patients every year suffer from anesthesia malpractice, whether from an incorrect dose for the level of surgery required or from an allergic reaction to a certain type of pain medication. Like other healthcare and medical providers, anesthesiologists have a responsibility to ensure your safety and wellbeing during surgery and other intensive procedures. When they fail to take appropriate action, they too can be held accountable for medical malpractice.

Of course, because there are so many steps in the process of securing and applying anesthesia, it’s possible that you may have many liable parties involved in your claim. From pharmacies to hospitals, our experienced anesthesia malpractice lawyers at Rash Mueller. are ready to take on your claim and pursue justice for your injuries.

Common Anesthesia Injuries

There’s no denying that anesthesiology is a complex field of medicine, which is why it takes many years for a practitioner to become certified in this area. However, in spite of its complexity, there is still a “standard of care” that anesthesiologists are required to meet for every patient. This means performing due diligence to make sure that a patient is reasonably safe from harm.

Here are some of the most common anesthesia injuries you may encounter:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Nerve damage
  • Sore throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Allergic reaction
  • Birth defects
  • Blood clots
  • Consciousness during an operation

Of these many outcomes, one of the most traumatizing is to regain consciousness during a major operation. When you undergo a clinical procedure, you expect to be under anesthesia and freed from serious pain while your body receives treatment. For many people, waking up during an operation can be a true nightmare – and worse still, the patient may not be able to speak or signal their pain to the attending physicians.

How Does Liability Work in an Anesthesia Malpractice Claim?

Given how serious the outcome of poorly-applied anesthesia can be, it’s critical that you get the skilled representation that you deserve if you need to bring a case against the anesthesiologist. Sometimes, you may even need to include multiple parties in a claim, as the pharmacy or the medication manufacturer could be involved. You will also need to clearly demonstrate how the physician or medical professional in question contributed to your injuries – and this almost always requires aid from a specially-trained medical malpractice attorney in order to ensure success.

Here are some of the most common errors that can make a physician liable for your injuries:

  • Failure to monitor a patient
  • Applying too little (or too much) anesthesia for the procedure at hand
  • Failing to offer adequate instructions for post-op care
  • Delayed delivery of anesthesia
  • Using other drugs that interfere with the anesthesia
  • Inacurrate labeling on the painkiller medication

At the Law Offices of David C. Rash, we can help you pursue a claim for anesthesia malpractice. Our experienced attorneys are ready to fight on your behalf, and bring decades of experience to your case. No matter how the anesthesia mistake happened, we’ll take a close look at all the parties who participated and ensure that they are held liable for your injuries.

Call (954) 914-7116 today to get started.

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