One of the most dangerous aspects of surgery is the application of anesthesia. Each year over 40,000 people report suffering aesthesia awareness (waking during sugery), resulting significant pain and suffering, devastating injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, brain damage, and even death. If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of an anesthesia related negligence or incompetence, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys who will:
- Pursue maximum ompensation deserved under the law
- Ensure your suffering is not ignored
- Fight for swift and speedy application of justice
There are thousands of operations and surgical procedures performed every day in the United States that require the use of anesthesia. The vast majority of these cases experience no adverse side effects or permanent issues, but there are a small percentage that have problems. When anesthesia is applied improperly, the results can be horrific.
One of the more common occurrences is anesthesia awareness, a condition where the anesthetized patient remains aware during the surgical procedure, but is unable to move or speak.
You may experience pain during surgery, as you are essentially awake for the procedure, but are unable to communicate your pain to the surgical staff. Additionally, there are also hundreds of reported deaths from anesthesia each year, many of which are attributed to negligence in the operating theater.
Patients who have suffered from anesthesia awareness report hearing conversations in the operating room and experiencing pain during the surgical procedure.
You are left in a state unable to communicate with the surgical team to inform them, because most surgeries involving general anesthesia also include the administration of a paralyzing drug. Thus a person who remains aware is unable to move or speak, and left in paralysis to simply experience.
Estimates are that as many as 40,000 patients each year experience some degree of awareness during surgeries. The reported effects range from vague memories of pressure, pain, difficulty breathing or operating room conversations to complete consciousness during the entire procedure.
Many of those who experience awareness or other anesthesia mistakes suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and most never completely recover from the trauma. You may continue to experience flashbacks, nightmares and periods of paranoia for the rest of your life.Review My Case Now
Cases of waking during surgery can be greatly reduced by the exercise of proper medical care standards by the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist during administration. Some of the common anesthesia mistakes that cause problems include:
- Inadequate doses of anesthesia
- Poor monitoring during surgery
- Failure to refill the anesthetic machine's vaporizers
- Inadequate training
- Machine malfunction or misuse
Patients who undergo surgical procedures place their complete trust in the anesthesiologist to slow their bodily functions to a point that is near death, while simultaneously monitoring the anesthesia levels to ensure that the patient does not suffer from awareness or pain during the surgical procedure.
When medical practitioners fail to follow the proper standards of medical care, problems can and do occur.
Based on a study conducted by the medical journal Anesthesiology, there were over 2,200 deaths attributed to anesthesia between the years of 1999 and 2005.
They found that each year, anesthesia was directly responsible for 34 deaths and that an additional 281 deaths had anesthesia as one of the contributing causes.
Nearly half of the deaths were attributed to anesthesia overdose, while the remainder was caused by other related complications.Review My Case Now
Anesthesia malpractice lawsuit settlements can range in the millions of dollars. The insurance companies and hospitals have attorneys standing-by to minimize their financial exposure, making it critical to choose a law team that has experience in anesthesia malpractice cases, trial experience and a history of winning.
Our attorneys are listed among the top U.S. trial lawyers available and have the experience and the tenacity to not not only fight but win if you choose to sue your doctor.
Preparing these cases can be extremely complex and our attorneys frequently work with medical experts and legal professionals from across the nation to put together a winning case that can stand up in court.
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Anesthesia malpractice claims are subject to statutes of limitations (different in each state), which means a claim must be filed before a deadline or you lose your right to pursue legal options. That’s why it is important for you to contact us immediately so you can have a claim filed before time runs out.
If you suffered complications or injuries, or a loved one died as a result of anesthesia administration, share the details of your situation today and get a free legal review to determine your options under the law.
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