Thanks to developments in medical technology, anesthesia is relatively safe for most people, most of the time.
However, there are situations in which anesthesia can result in catastrophe. These can usually be avoided, but when anesthesia mistakes happen, they usually have severe or fatal consequences.
What Types of Injuries Occur from Anesthesia Mistakes?
The types of injuries that can occur as a result of anesthesia mistakes are serious or fatal.
- Respiratory arrest
- Cardiac arrest
- Brain damage
The Most Common Anesthesia Mistakes
When anesthesia mistakes occur, the anesthesiologist must be vigilant and react immediately to prevent permanent injury or death. Many times, the severe injuries related to anesthesia mistakes are because the anesthesiologist was not paying attention or did not react in time to prevent injury.
Another common problem is when anesthesia is performed outside of a traditional hospital setting. This includes out-patient facilities and clinics. The biggest danger for these procedures is having a team performing that is poorly trained or out of practice with resuscitation.
It seems crazy to think that a doctor performing a procedure would be unable to perform CPR and other necessary resuscitation activities but it is more common than you would think. Doctors and teams faced with unexpected anesthesia complications may not have performed resuscitation activities in years, including drills, ongoing training, or even education.
Although it is unacceptable for any doctor or anesthesiologist to be unprepared to resuscitate a patient, these instances are often what cause the most severe injuries including permanent brain damage and death.
Hiring a Dallas Anesthesia Error Lawyer
In order for our team at Van Wey, Metzler & Williams to determine whether an anesthesia error occurred and whether it was the cause of serious injury or death, we must first obtain a complete set of records, including the record where the operation or procedure occurred and the anesthesia record.
In the event of a cardiovascular collapse, we would also review the records pertaining to the resuscitation. Our team wants to help figure out what went wrong if possible.
The severity of anesthesia mistake consequences means that having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is crucial. Here at Van Wey, Metzler & Williams, we have more than thirty years of experience with medical malpractice cases, including the successful resolution of anesthesia error cases.
If you or a loved one believe you may have been the victim of an anesthesia error resulting in serious injury, contact the team at Van Wey, Metzler & Williams for a free consultation with an experienced Dallas anesthesia error lawyer.
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