Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Representing victims and families of Anesthesia Malpractice
Surgical procedures are typically performed while a patient is in a semi-conscious or unconscious state. This is achieved with the use of anesthesia, specific medications that prevent patients from feeling pain and other sensations during an operation. An anesthesiologist is the physician who is responsible for the careful administration of these medications. These specialty-trained doctors are also required to assess and monitor their patients before, during and after a procedure. This includes a continuous observation of a patient’s breathing pattern and effort, blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature, heart rate and heart rhythm. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CNRAs) are anesthesia professionals who provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals. When an anesthesiologist or CNRA makes an error that could have been prevented and a patient suffers injury, the patient may have grounds for medical malpractice claim. Consultation with a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases will help determine if there are grounds to pursue a claim against the negligent physician or hospital. After a thorough investigation into the physician or hospital negligence and review of the evidence of the injuries, the injured party may choose to file a lawsuit seeking compensation.
Common Anesthesia Errors
There are a variety of errors that can be made while administering anesthesia. These error can be made by anesthesiologists, CRNAs or other hospital employees. They can be negligent in preparing for a surgery, administering the anesthesia or monitoring the patient. Some examples of anesthesia mistakes include:
- Inadequate pre-operative evaluation including a patient’s history of allergies
- Communication errors including lack of pre-operative instructions and miscommunication among staff members
- Improper patient positioning
- Failure to intubate a patient correctly or causing an injury during intubation
- Inadequate patient monitoring during a procedure
- Wrong medication administration
- Delayed delivery of anesthesia
- Errors in anesthesia dosage, too much or too little
- Turning off monitoring alarms
- Use of defective equipment
- Failure to recognize complications
Anesthesiologists, CRNAs, hospital workers and other healthcare providers who fail to meet the necessary standard of care when administering and monitoring anesthesia should be held accountable for their negligence when it results in preventable injuries to patients. A knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer will fight to ensure that they are required to answer for their medical errors.
Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Negligence
An anesthesia error can lead to tragic or even fatal consequences. Those who are affected may suffer injuries, minor or catastrophic, with temporary or permanent damage. Injuries include:
- Tracheal damage
- Anesthesia awareness
- Birth injuries
- Nerve damage
- Heart attack
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain damage
- Lifelong disabilities
- Wrongful death
Patients may require additional medical care, a prolonged hospital stay or rehabilitation therapy. Dealing with these injuries and potentially long-term care that they necessitate can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating to the victim and the victim’s family. Seeking compensation from those responsible for the injuries – the anesthesiologist, the hospital, or another healthcare provider – may be instrumental in getting the care necessary for optimal recovery.
The Moyles Law Firm: Dedicated Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg Representing Victims of Anesthesiology Negligence
If you have suffered an injury, or someone you love has died as a result of anesthesiology negligence, contact Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at The Moyles Law Firm as soon as possible to have your case reviewed. Medical malpractice attorney in Harrisburg, James Moyles, is experienced in handling all types of anesthesiology error cases. Mr. Moyles will determine if you have a valid claim and then proceed to recover the compensation that you deserve. Call the Law Offices of James R. Moyles today at the Harrisburg area office 412-281-1055 or at the Pittsburgh office 717-233-5400 to schedule your free consultation with a skilled Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer or contact us online.