When you go to the hospital for a minor or major surgery, it is almost certain that you will need to receive anesthesia in some form or another. You may receive local anesthesia, where a specific area of your body will be numbed so that you do not feel the pain. For more serious surgeries, you may need to undergo general anesthesia, where you are put to sleep.
While the majority of anesthesia procedures are conducted safely, occasionally errors are made. When mistakes are made in regard to the administering of the anesthesia, very serious consequences can occur. If anesthesia is given as an overdose, death can even occur. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an anesthesia error, it is important to consider what mistake may have been made and whether you are able to make a medical malpractice claim.
One of the most common reasons for problems concerning anesthesia is related to errors in dosing. Studies have shown that in 5.6 percent of anesthesia error cases, carelessness was the reason why a mistake was made, and inadequate experience was the cause of 16 percent of errors.
Poor pain management
After the surgery is over, patients can be subject to intense suffering if anesthesia is not managed properly. Poor pain management can count as medical malpractice if it caused unnecessary suffering.
If you have had a bad experience at a hospital because of an anesthesia error, it is important that you consider your options when it comes to making a medical malpractice claim.