An anesthesiologist is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology, which focuses on sedation and pain relief before, during, and after surgery. Your anesthesiologist is one of the doctors responsible for your well-being during the procedure. This physician ensures you do not feel pain, whether you receive local, regional, or general anesthesia. Local or regional anesthesia numbs a particular area of your body, with local anesthesia affecting a small area. General anesthesia makes you unconscious. Anesthesia errors can be made when administering any type of this sedation.
This doctor must keep you at whatever state of consciousness is required for your procedure. In some surgeries, you need to be awake. Yet, you should not feel discomfort or pain. If you should be unconscious, the anesthesiologist must ensure you are entirely unconscious, and not simply unable to move.
Overall, an anesthesiologist is required to provide a certain standard of care in regard to all of their duties. Under Texas law, a physician must provide treatment within the accepted standards of medical care. If they deviate from the accepted standard of care and you are injured by an anesthesia mistake, then this is malpractice.
Anesthesiologists have important jobs. If they make a mistake, you could be seriously injured. You may have lost a loved one because of an anesthesia error. Whether you were harmed or your loved one was killed, it is essential that you speak with an attorney right away. You may need to file an anesthesiologist lawsuit against the physician and medical facility to pursue compensation.
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Common Anesthesia Errors
Waking Up During Surgery
If you are required to be unconscious during surgery, then it is the anesthesiologist’s job to ensure you remain entirely unconscious throughout the procedure. You should be entirely unaware of what is going on. You should not feel pain or discomfort. If you become aware of what is happening during surgery, or you feel pain during the procedure, then you should talk with a lawyer about filing a lawsuit about waking up during surgery. This experience is typically very traumatic, and we will fight for you to receive appropriate compensation for your injuries after this dangerous anesthesia mistake.
Not Waking Up After Surgery
Not waking up after anesthesia is rare: however, it does occur. If your loved one went into surgery, but has not woken up, call us to discuss your rights. It is important to determine whether your loved one is in a coma, a vegetative state, or another state of consciousness. It is also important to have another set of eyes review your loved one’s medical records to determine if there is evidence of malpractice. If so, you may have the right to sue the anesthesiologist, other physicians, or the facility.
Too Much Anesthesia During Surgery
If you are given too much anesthesia medicine during surgery, you can experience serious side effects, including nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, impaired coordination, hypothermia, hallucinations, seizures, mental impairment, physical impairment, and brain damage. An anesthesia overdose can also result in death, in which case, you should speak with a Texas wrongful death lawyer at Begum Law Group.
When you go into surgery, you may have multiple IVs. It is essential that these are used correctly. If your IV is not placed properly, or something else goes wrong, you could suffer a serious injury.
Failure to Intubate & Intubation Injuries
When you are under general anesthesia, you are often intubated to ensure you continue to breathe and that your body and brain receive enough oxygen. If an anesthesiologist fails to intubate you correctly, your body could suffer from oxygen deprivation. If this injury is severe, you or a loved one may suffer brain damage and permanent disability. You can suffer injuries to your teeth, mouth, and throat. If you are positioned improperly, you could acquire pneumonia due to breathing in stomach acid. Contact an attorney at our firm today if you or a loved one are suffering due to this anesthesia error.
Failure to Monitor
An anesthesiologist must carefully monitor you during surgery. They may need to give you more of various drugs throughout the procedure. They must ensure your body is getting enough oxygen. They also have to keep a look out for negative reactions or side effects. If the physician fails to properly monitor you throughout the surgery and you suffer an injury, you should speak with a lawyer about anesthesiologist malpractice.
A very common form of anesthesia is an epidural. This is a regional anesthesia that blocks pain and sensation in the lower half of the body. Most people think of this as being given to women during childbirth, though it is used in other circumstances as well. If an epidural is not administered properly, you can suffer a serious or catastrophic injury. Epidural mistakes can lead to nerve damage in the lower half of your body, loss of sensation, loss of mobility, loss of bladder control, and in severe cases, paralysis. You may wonder whether you can sue a hospital for making an anesthesia mistake with an epidural. The answer is yes, you can – if you suffered an injury.
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Your Rights After an Anesthesiologist Mistake
If you were injured during a medical procedure, and you believe it was because of an anesthesia error, contact our medical malpractice attorneys immediately. When you are at a hospital or other medical facility for a surgical procedure or to give birth, you should receive the best possible medical care. Every physician, nurse, or assistant who interacts with you should provide care that is within the standards determined by the medical community. They should use their knowledge, training, skills, and experience to the best of their abilities.
If your anesthesiologist fails to uphold their duty of care and you are now suffering because of their negligence, you may have the right to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice suit. When an anesthesiologist is sued, and you prove that they were negligent, you may be eligible for compensation that covers your:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Reduced earning potential
You also should be aware that Texas places caps on the non-economic damages you may receive in a medical malpractice case. Typically, you may receive up to $250,000 for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and physical limitation following an anesthesia mistake.