Anesthesia Errors

Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Portland

When you go into surgery, it's normal to be nervous about the dangers of going under the knife. However, many mistakes occur during the application of anesthesia, rather than the actual surgery. Anesthesia is the induced state of unconsciousness, where the body cannot feel or remember pain. It is used during complicated and extensive medical procedures. But if not administered correctly, anesthesia can cause lasting adverse side effects.

If you or a loved one has experienced health problems because of anesthesia errors, contact our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers for a consultation.

What You Need to Know About Anesthesia

When an individual undergoes a major medical procedure, anesthesiologists will use drugs, gasses, and other forms of anesthesia to put the patient in an unconscious or semi-conscious state. The anesthesiologists have the responsibility to regulate vital organs and signs. One mistake can lead to lasting damage and even death.

Some common anesthesia errors include:

  • Using too much or too little anesthetic medication
  • Administering anesthesia too early or late
  • Failure to properly monitor vital signs
  • Defective anesthetic equipment
  • Failure to provide oxygen and other needs while patient is unconscious
  • Not properly considering patient’s medical history/allergies

Anesthesiologists are trained to properly administer and monitor anesthetic procedures. Errors caused by negligence can lead to severe health issues.

Some consequences of anesthesia errors include:

  • Brain or organ damages
  • Birth defects
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Coma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Heart problems or collapse
  • Death

Portland Medical Malpractice Attorneys Who Care

At Paulson Coletti, we understand how traumatic and debilitating anesthesia errors can be. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse health issues because of anesthesia errors, our Portland medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you. Call for a consultation and a review of your legal rights. You don’t pay unless we win. Can you afford not to call?