Many patients in the United States are given anesthesia prior to surgery. While general anesthesia can be a critical part of a surgical procedure – rendering a patient unconscious throughout the duration of the surgery – it can be dangerous and deadly when administered in the incorrect amount. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an anesthesia error made by a medical professional, the attorneys at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help you to recover damages for your injuries or loss.
The Dangers of Incorrectly Administered Anesthesia
An anesthesiologist has an incredibly important job – measuring and administering the correct dosage amount to a patient in need. Too little anesthesia may be ineffective and result in the patient waking up during the procedure, whereas too much anesthesia may cause the following complications named by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- Vocal cord harm
- Heart attack
- Lung infection
- Trauma to the teeth or tongue
- Brain damage
- Nerve injuries
While death is clearly the most startling consequence of improperly administered anesthesia, the other complications can have serious and long-lasting effects, too, such as brain or nerve damage.
Recovery Room Care Essential Following Anesthesia
The risks of anesthesia don’t fall on the shoulder of the anesthesiologist alone; rather, the recovery room care administered post-anesthesia is equally as critical. Following a surgery that requires the use of anesthesia, a patient needs to be closely monitored. If nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to closely monitor a patient coming out of anesthesia, the healthcare professionals may not notice any signs of complications that the patient is exhibiting. When symptoms of an anesthesia complication are present, they need to be treated immediately – the failure to do so can result in long-term impairment, or death, for the patient.
Liability for Anesthesia and Recovery Room Errors in Massachusetts
When an anesthesia or recovery room error is made that causes harm to a patient or results in death for the patient, a medical professional may be held liable. Medical malpractice law requires that all doctors and healthcare professionals administer care that is reasonable and acceptable by the medical community. When harm to a patient occurs, that standard of care is questioned. If an anesthesiologist, surgeon, or other healthcare provider has caused you harm, you may be able to recover compensation for your pain, medical expenses, and more.
Contact a Boston Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an anesthesia or recovery room error, you need to speak with an attorney. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim for benefits is three years, according to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260, so you need to take action today. At Lovenberg & Associates, P.C . our legal team is ready to defend you. Call us now for a free consultation at 617-973-9950.