When Anesthesiologists Make Mistakes, the Consequences Can be Severe
Surgical patients usually receive anesthesia before certain surgical and medical procedures to help them relax, make them drowsy, or to render them unconscious. Primarily, anesthesia is administered to help prevent patients from experiencing pain during or after the medical procedure. Unfortunately, preventable anesthesia errors happen every year in the U.S. — accidents that occur due to the negligence of anesthesiologists or other health care providers.
With over 30 years of experience serving clients in surgery malpractice cases in upstate New York, the Albany medical malpractice attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LaMarche Safranko, are who you need if you or someone you love has experienced the detrimental effects of a doctor’s failure to properly administer or monitor anesthesia.
We File The Lawsuit Against The Hospital
Hospitals are responsible for supervising and overseeing the actions of their medical staff. Before a surgical procedure and before administering anesthesia, whether epidural, regional or general, an anesthesiologist must review the client’s chart and medical history to be sure that the patient is free from any medical conditions and is not currently taking any medications that could cause a serious reaction when combined with the anesthesia. If the anesthesiologist or other health care provider fails to monitor the patient under anesthesia, the patient is at increased risk for serious side effects and possibly death. As with any medication, anesthesia has side effects for some patients. It is the anesthesiologist’s responsibility to note any change in the patient after the administration of anesthesia.
If the anesthesiologist fails to properly monitor and record the patient’s reaction to anesthesia, the hospital is negligent. When a doctor gives the patient the wrong amount of anesthesia, or the wrong form of the drug, out of neglect or carelessness, an anesthesia error has occurred. Anesthesia error is a very serious, deadly type of malpractice, and victims must hire an experienced anesthesia error attorney to ensure that full and just compensation is paid for their pain and suffering and the long-lasting effects of this type of malpractice.
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