Chicago Anesthesia Error Lawyer
Every year, thousands of patients suffer from anesthesia complications during surgery. Although potential complications are rare during a surgical procedure, they can be life-threatening and result in permanent harm or even death.
According to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, there were over 400 deaths caused by anesthesia-related incidents per year between 2011 and 2015.
A personal injury attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC will know how to investigate your case and determine whether you have a strong claim against the anesthesiologist who provided your treatment.
Contact our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.
Did your doctors and other medical professionals fail to provide proper care under the circumstances? If so, you might be able to hold them accountable through a lawsuit seeking compensation for their negligence.
Thanks to modern anesthetic drugs, countless surgeries and medical procedures are effectively performed daily.
Anesthesiologists may use a local anesthetic, general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, or a spinal anesthetic to sedate the patient and control pain during open and laparoscopic surgery. Deciding on the type of anesthetic administered is a decision for the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
In some anesthesia malpractice cases, the anesthesiologist's improper or negligent administration of the correct type of medication to use or properly administer oxygen results in severe injury or preventable death.
Illinois Medical Malpractice Attorney Pursuing Medical Mistakes
The Chicago anesthesia malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC appreciate modern anesthetic techniques' complexities yet are fully ready to prosecute situations involving permanent severe injuries or death under Illinois malpractice law.
We invite you to speak with our anesthesia malpractice lawyers at our office for a free consultation regarding your legal options involving your devastating injuries caused by medical malpractice.
When doctors and other medical professionals have injured you, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side. Our legal team has years of experience representing victims and holding health care providers accountable for their surgical mistakes.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys currently represent clients who have suffered an anesthesia injury throughout the United States and practice areas of Illinois and Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, and Will County.
Anesthesiologists Failing to Closely Monitor Patients During a Major Surgical Procedure
When a patient undergoes surgery, the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will administer anesthesia medications to maintain unconsciousness during the surgical procedures. The anesthesia team must continuously monitor the patient's vital signs and document surgery events in the anesthesiologist's notes.
Properly monitoring the patient can avoid anesthesia awareness, a rare occurrence where surgical patients experience pain while under anesthesia. Typically, anesthesia awareness could lead to emotional distress, mental trauma, intense pain, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Most incidents involving patient injury from anesthesiologist errors are due to the staff failing to properly monitor the patient before, during, or after anesthesia is administered during surgical procedures.
Uncovering What Went Wrong During a Medical Procedure
Anesthetic errors may not be apparent based on the type of injury sustained by the patient. Therefore, the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys work with leading medical experts to review clients' medical charts to determine what anesthesia errors occurred during the surgical procedure.
Most severe surgical error incidents with anesthesiologists have been attributed to respiratory complications after administering anesthesia to the patient. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) compiles data on closed medical malpractice cases to learn and improve anesthesiology standards and reduce surgical errors.
This data shows that respiratory events in death and brain injury cases were the most common, making up 45% of the malpractice claims. Cardiac events, like a heart attack, followed up in the medical malpractice claim category led to 25% of filed claims and medical malpractice lawsuits.
Possibility of Medical Mistakes with General Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, or Local Anesthesia Errors
The following conditions are associated with medication errors and common injuries at medical facilities, meriting further investigation:
- Brain damage
- Heart Attack
- Permanent brain damage
- Neurological injuries
- Paralysis involving spinal cord damage
- Kidney failure
- Birth injuries
- Broken bones
- Asphyxia (stoppage of breathing)
A Columbia University study revealed 2,211 deaths related to anesthetics over six years. Anesthetic errors caused an average of over 300 deaths per year as a primary or contributing factor.
The common anesthesia errors leading to wrongful death include:
- Local anesthesia errors
- Regional anesthesia errors
- Anesthesia overdose
- Spinal anesthesia errors
- Surgical procedure complications, failure to properly monitor general anesthesia
- Complex medical procedures resulting in medical malpractice
- Adverse effects from regional and local anesthetics in the therapeutic use
- Failure to recognize complications, failure to properly monitor, and medical negligence
- Complications during pregnancy/labor
- Surgery communication errors
- Other complications by the medical provider, including anesthesia and harmful drug interaction
Although fatalities are relatively rare from anesthetics- it does happen.
Anesthesia Error Malpractice FAQs
Below are frequently asked questions about anesthesia malpractice cases in Chicago, Illinois. However, we appreciate that you may have additional questions about your loved one's care.
Consequently, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free consultation with an experienced Cook County medical malpractice attorney.
Why Does It Take So Long to Wake up From an Anesthetic?
Waking up from an anesthetic affects different people differently. There are various patient factors, the type of medication you took, painful stimulation, and the duration of their surgery.
Typically, the time it takes to wake up is due to the anesthetic agents and drugs the anesthesiologists gave the patient during the peri-operative time.
What are the Symptoms of Too Much Anesthesia?
Medication overdose produces common side effects, including respiratory distress, vomiting, nausea, seizures, hallucinations, hypothermia, dementia, physical impairment, mental impairment, and prolonged unconsciousness.
Can You Have a Delayed Reaction to An Anesthetic?
Reacting to anesthetic medications does happen, but it is infrequent. An estimated one out of every 10,000 cases experience a reaction to an anesthetic medication.
Delayed reactions are even rarer and often do not create long-term problems. Most anesthesiologists received training to quickly recognize the common signs of an allergic reaction.
What are the Side Effects of Too Much Anesthesia?
Generally, patients who experience a reaction to anesthetic medications will have noticeable symptoms that include a rash, hives, coughing, mild shortness of breath, swelling around the lips, eyes, or face (angioedema), and itchy skin, and a mild drop in blood pressure.
How Long Does It Take for General Anesthesia to Get Out of Your System?
Generally, the body can eliminate all drugs in about a week. However, the most noticeable effects of anesthetic medications are no longer detectable after approximately twenty-four hours.
Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for Your Free No-Obligation Consultation
Hiring an Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Unlike other negligence cases, anesthetic error claims may not always be apparent. Therefore, our attorneys review medical records and operative reports to identify common anesthesia errors
Is your loved one a victim of anesthesia errors from surgery or a nursing home? If so, our experienced Chicago anesthesia error lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help by providing formal legal advice to hold the responsible party accountable.
Contact our personal injury law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to get a free case evaluation and no-obligation consultation. Learn what help may be available to you and your family.
All discussions with your anesthesia error lawyer will remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.