When you are about to undergo surgery, you have a lot on your mind. You may be worried about the surgery going well and/or how long it will take you to recover afterward.
One thing that you may not think about is the risk of undergoing anesthesia. But, anytime you go under the influence of anesthesia, you take a risk.
Anesthesia is a helpful tool that allows you to receive the medical care you need without having to feel and be aware of what’s going on with your body. However, when something goes wrong, it can have serious consequences.
When you go into an unconscious or semi-conscious state, your body can be affected in a number of ways. When you receive anesthesia, there are three primary ways your body is affected:
- Your spinal cord is affected so that you cannot move during the surgery.
- Your brainstem is affected to keep you unconscious during the surgery.
- Your cerebral cortex is affected to stop you from receiving and processing information.
With so many critical parts of your brain being affected by the anesthesia, an error can lead to:
- Brain damage;
- Strokes; and
Furthermore, if your anesthesiologist does not monitor your brain activity, gives you the wrong dosage, or leaves you unattended, there can be serious complications, such as:
- Allergic reactions;
- Cardiac arrest; or
In addition, you may suffer damage to your arteries, veins, nerves, or organs. You may also get an infection from the intubation, experience complications with your blood pressure, or remain completely aware during the procedure.
Compensation for Anesthesia Errors
If you or loved one has been the victim of an anesthesia error, it is only right that the hospital compensates you for those errors.
When you file a medical malpractice claim, you can receive compensation for the following losses:
- The cost of the medical treatment needed to address the injuries caused by the anesthesia error;
- Lost wages for having to miss more work than anticipated; and
- Damages for the pain and suffering you have had to endure.
If you or a loved suffers from an injury caused by an anesthesia error, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney can assess your case, answer all of your questions, and give you the legal guidance you need to get the compensation you deserve.
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