In many ways, anesthesia makes surgery possible, since few patients would agree to undergo any type of surgical procedure without some form of pain management. In fact, whether it involved chewing coca leaves, ingesting herbs or undergoing acupuncture, anesthesia has been used as long as humans have existed on earth.
Things have come a long way since early pain management practices, and today’s anesthesia is generally very safe. However, the Mayo Clinic presents a long list of general anesthesia risks that patients can face.
Those often-unavoidable risks pertain largely to existing health factors, histories of past adverse reactions and histories of smoking or alcohol use. However, our Tuscaloosa personal injury lawyers have seen cases when anesthesia-related injuries might have been prevented with appropriate medical care.
Any procedure that requires pain management can be subject to anesthesia errors — whether it involves major surgery in a hospital, routine procedures performed in surgical centers or possibly even relatively minor care delivered in the doctor’s office.
While it is certainly possible for patients to have unpredictable bad reactions to anesthesia, the following are examples of negligent acts:
Injuries caused by any form of surgical negligence are not like those caused in a car accident. Third-party witnesses are not available and the individuals that make up the surgical team generally focus on their own responsibilities to an extent that they do not notice other conditions outside of their immediate control.
That said, substantiating allegations of anesthesia errors is often possible by identifying the types of injuries and conducting medical tests, examining the records pertaining to the procedure and asking the right questions during discovery. Medical errors are generally technical in nature, but this is no reason why injury victims should not seek experienced legal guidance.
The Hidden Dangers of Going Under, Scientific American, April 1, 2014
Tuscaloosa Medical Malpractice Claims Often Stem From “Routine” Procedures, Tuscaloosa Medical Malpractice Blog