Most people do not expect to experience medical malpractice and may find themselves ill-informed about it as a result. In fact, you may not realize that anesthesiologists can commit medical malpractice.
Below are some details potential patients should know about anesthesiology and medical malpractice.
Understanding the roles of anaesthesiology
Anesthesiology consultations occur prior to any surgery, as well as during labor and delivery. Every anesthesiologist must review medical records before dosing medication. This reduces the risk of complications due to interactions from pre-existing conditions.
Anesthesiologists must also inform you of any potential risks or side effects before the administration of medication and must remain present throughout the procedure to monitor your well-being.
Exploring the basics of anesthesia errors
Errors in anesthesia administration can cause you to regain consciousness during the procedure or suffer complications such as a stroke, blood clots or a heart attack. An attorney can help you review the procedural documentation and your medical records to document the errors, oversights or actions that led up to a potential anesthesia error.
Assessing the damages from anesthesia errors
Anesthesia errors can lead to medical concerns/conditions and additional treatment. This could result in additional medical costs, lost work time and disruption of your daily life throughout recovery. Anesthesia errors can also warrant compensation for pain and suffering.
Before pursuing any kind of medical treatment that requires anesthesia, understand the risks of mistakes. Know your legal rights and protect your interests following an anesthesia error.