Were You the Victim of an Anesthesia Error?

Anesthesia is administered to patients to help control pain during medical procedures. It can make invasive surgeries bearable. However, if it is not administered with proper care, it can also lead to major injuries. Patients place a lot of faith in the hands of anesthesiologists, and these medical professionals have a legal obligation to provide their patients with adequate care. If you were injured by the error of an anesthesiologist, please contact an experienced Tulsa medical malpractice attorney for immediate legal assistance.

Common Anesthesia Errors

The following are common anesthesia errors that may lead to serious injury:

  • The incorrect dosage was given;
  • A patient’s vital signs were ignored during an operation, leading to a preventable injury;
  • There was inadequate effort made to investigate the patient’s allergy history; and
  • The patient was not properly informed of the risks of the anesthesia or the medical procedure.

Did Medical Malpractice Occur?

If you were injured by anesthesia, you will still need to prove that medical malpractice occurred before you can collect legal compensation. There is no question that medicine is difficult, and not all medical injuries are necessarily the result of medical malpractice. However, far too many of them are. If you have been injured by anesthesia, it is more likely than not that your injury was the result of carelessness. In order to prove medical malpractice occurred, you must establish that your injury was caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional. Negligence has four required elements:

  • Duty;
  • Breach;
  • Causation; and
  • Damages.

Essentially, the anesthesiologist, along with all other medical professionals, owes you are certain standard of care. If you were injured by substandard care, then you have a valid medical malpractice claim. In many cases, proving that the substandard care was received can be a challenge. The majority of medical malpractice case hinge on whether or not your attorney can prove that the medical professional breached their duty of care. Proving breach will take a comprehensive review of your injury, specifically the actions taken by the anesthesiologist. Generally, a medical malpractice attorney will rely on the testimony of medical experts to help establish that your anesthesiologist deviated from the acceptable standards.

Need Legal Advice?

When you seek medical treatment, the hospital, owes you quality care. It shocking to come out of treatment sustaining a serious injury. If you have been injured by an anesthesia error, you deserve full and fair compensation. The Hayes Law Firm is a small Tulsa firm, dedicated to ensuring that all of our clients receive individualized attention. We help medical malpractice victims throughout the Tulsa area. Please do not hesitate to contact us today at (918) 392-4641 with any questions.