There is no way around it – surgical procedures can be scary. We understand that. No matter what kind of procedure you have to undergo, we know that it was only possible because of anesthesia. We have a peace of mind knowing that we will not feel what is happening. For more serious operations, we are able to sleep right through them thanks to the work of anesthesiologists.

But what happens when a mistake is made with anesthesia? What are your options?

If you need a Drexel Hill anesthesia malpractice attorney, you can count on The Weitz Firm, LLC to be by your side. Our experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice team will investigate your case and get to the bottom of what went wrong.

What Can Happen?

When it comes to anesthesia, you probably think of general anesthesia, where patients are actually put to sleep for a surgical procedure. This is certainly the kind that requires the most attention of medical staff, as a patient must be constantly monitored throughout the process.

There is also local anesthesia, which involved numbing a part of the body to prevent pain during a procedure but does not put you to sleep. Regional anesthesia blocks pain to a larger area of the body so a procedure can be completed (think of epidurals during childbirth).

With all three kinds of anesthesia, medical staff should be aware of the risks to the patient.

Studies have looked at anesthesia-related mistakes and mortality rates in the US. The main causes of complications are:

  1. Overdose of anesthetics (46.6 percent)
  2. Adverse effects of anesthetics in therapeutic use (42.5 percent)
  3. Anesthesia complications during pregnancy and labor (3.6 percent)
  4. Other complications (7.3 percent)

There are risks for any surgery and there are risks when anesthesia is involved. Surgeons and doctors must obtain full patient medical histories so they know potential complications a patient may develop ahead of time.

During the surgery, anesthesiologists must constantly monitor their patients’ vital signs so they will be aware if a patient is showing signs of distress.

Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Most of these mistakes are preventable.

With anesthesiology, we should be able to count on highly skilled surgeons and surgical teams to be aware of and prevent many of the complications that can happen. Negligence on the part of any single person in an operating room can lead to major injuries or death for a patient.

What Happens Now

We know that anesthesia complications caused by someone else’s negligence are the last thing you expected when you needed surgery. Now, we want to help you figure out what to do next. The Weitz Firm, LLC will provide you with an anesthesia malpractice attorney in Drexel Hill who can get the compensation you deserve. We know that surgical mistakes cause physical pain, but we also recognize they cause emotional hardships as well.

We want to secure compensation for your incident-related medical expenses, lost income if you miss work, as well as pain and suffering damages. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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