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Anesthesia Malpractice

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers In Nevada

When patients undergo surgical procedures, they are administered local, regional, or general anesthesia to reduce pain. Anesthetic drugs are generally administered by anesthesiologists — physicians who have specialized training in administering anesthetics and managing pain. As the administration of anesthesia is a delicate procedure, nurses and anesthesiologists must exercise great skill and attention. Anesthesia errors brought about by the negligence of anesthesia providers can result in severe and life-threatening injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a case of anesthesia malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent party. Contact our Nevada law firm, Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP, today to request a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer!

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Common Causes Of Anesthesia Errors

Preparing patients for surgery involves a lot of care, including determining how they will react to anesthesia. In addition to making all necessary preparations, physicians must closely monitor a patient’s condition during surgery to avoid preventable complications. When preparations aren’t made, or physicians fail to monitor patients closely, anesthesia errors can occur. Some specific causes of anesthesia errors include the following.

  • Failure to maintain proper oxygen levels during surgery
  • Failure to keep the patient under anesthesia long enough
  • Keeping the patient under anesthesia for too long
  • Using broken or defective equipment
  • Failure to advise the patient on pre-operation practices (i.e., when to stop eating/drinking)
  • Administering an anesthetic that interacts poorly with patient medication or allergies

Risks Of Anesthesia Errors

Anesthetic drugs are toxic to the body and need to be administered with extreme care. Physical injuries, mental trauma, or even death can result from a single mistake. Some common injuries that can occur as a result of anesthesiology malpractice include the following.

  • Brain Damage
  • Damage To The Vascular System
  • Coma
  • Trachea Damage From Improper Intubation
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Death

Compensation For Anesthesia Error Injuries

Those injured by anesthesia errors or who had an existing condition worsened may be eligible to receive compensation for their damages. A few of the most common compensable damages claimants may achieve in anesthesiology malpractice claims include the following.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss Of Present & Future Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Punitive Damages
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How A Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

The consequences of anesthesia errors can be devastating. Fortunately, Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP has a wealth of experience with Nevada medical law and can help victims pursue compensation for their suffering. In addition, our malpractice attorneys can help sort through the evidence, determine which parties should be held accountable, and provide crucial legal guidance during settlement negotiations. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation with an experienced Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney!

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