Anesthesia Errors May Constitute Medical Malpractice

The most routine surgery can become deadly if anesthesia is not carefully administered. The anesthesiologist is one of the most critical members of a surgical team. Any failure or negligence by this doctor can cause serious injuries or wrongful death.

Due to the complexity of all medical malpractice cases, it is best to work with an experienced attorney who will aggressively seek the compensation you need. At Shelly Law Offices, LLC, attorney Carol A. Shelly represents victims of anesthesia malpractice in Pennsylvania. She is a trial lawyer with 35 years of experience and is prepared to take cases to trial when the opposition will not negotiate.

A Crucial And Dangerous Aspect Of Surgery

One of the most serious issues in anesthesia cases is oxygen deprivation. A lack of oxygen can cause brain damage within minutes. A patient’s vital signs must be carefully monitored, anesthesia doses must be accurately measured and ventilation must be adequate at all times. Negligence or an error in these areas can cause severe or fatal brain damage.

Some of the most common reasons for anesthesia malpractice include:

  • Failure to maintain the patient’s blood pressure
  • Failure to maintain vital signs
  • Failure to administer the correct doses of anesthesia
  • Defective anesthesia equipment, including ventilators
  • Failure to note patient drug allergies
  • Failure to note drug interactions

Holding Anesthesiologists And Hospitals Accountable

Depending on the details of the case, these types of negligence or mistakes may be the fault of the anesthesiologist, a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesia tech. Manufacturers of defective medical equipment or drugs may be liable in some cases.

When we investigate your case, we will determine liability of medical professionals as well as liability of the hospital. We will also thoroughly value all of your losses so your family can receive sufficient compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

We Will Find The Answers You Need

We are committed to holding medical providers accountable for hurting patients through their negligence. Please call our Doylestown office at 267-454-6594 or 866-214-3323 toll-free, or contact us online. Your first consultation is free.