When you go to the hospital for a procedure that requires you to be unconscious during the process, we know it can be scary. You know that any surgery can have complications, but you also know you are in good hands. You have heard from the team of doctors and nurses who will be performing the procedure and are ready.

When they tell you to count backward from ten after putting the mask over your face, the last thing you expect is to wake up in worse condition than you were already in.

One of the most important people in the room with you will be the anesthesiologist. That person is there to ensure that you are comfortable and that you have a safe and pain-free surgery. They do this by administering local or general anesthesia, both of which require that the anesthesiologist ensure you are stable throughout the procedure.

If something goes wrong, you need to find out what happened. If you need a Norristown anesthesia malpractice attorney, you can count on the Weitz Firm to be by your side.

What Is It?

There are three kinds of anesthesia:

  • General anesthesia is when you are actually put to sleep during a procedure.
  • Local anesthesia involved numbing a part of the body to prevent pain during a procedure, but does not put you to sleep. This is common with dental procedures.
  • Regional anesthesia blocks pain in a larger part of the body so the procedure can be completed. An epidural, common in childbirth, is a common regional anesthesia.

During anesthesia, the anesthesiologist is supposed to constantly monitor your vital signs for any signs of distress.

What Can Go Wrong?

In studies the following were found to cause anesthesia complications:

  • Overdose of anesthetics
  • Complications of anesthesia during pregnancy
  • Adverse affects of anesthetics in therapeutic use

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, attributed to over 250,000 fatalities per year. That is just the number of deaths. Medical errors are far too common and upend too many lives.

We do not want to scare you with these numbers, but we want you to know that mistakes do happen. Anesthesiologists have one of the hardest jobs in medicine and they have so much to keep track of each day.

They are trained, but they do make mistakes.

What You Can Do

If you think that something went wrong when you were under anesthesia, then you need to seek legal assistance. Medical malpractice cases are hard to prove, but that does not mean you should back down. At The Weitz Firm, you will find a team that is ready to help you every step of the way. From investigating your claim to going through every document, we will work to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You need to get back on your feet, so let us help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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