Anesthesia Errors

Victims of Anesthesia Malpractice

Anesthesia errors are among the most common forms of medical mistakes. In Colorado, anesthesiologists, surgeons and other doctors are held to certain standards of medical care. When they fall short of meeting these standards (for example, by administering an improper dose of anesthesia), they can be held liable for medical malpractice.

At Levine Law, we represent individuals and families in medical malpractice claims involving all types of anesthesia errors. Our attorneys have significant experience in medical malpractice litigation, and we work with trusted medical experts who know how to identify the signs of mistakes involving anesthesia. This includes mistakes such as:

  • Administering an improper dose of anesthetic
  • Administering the wrong anesthetic
  • Administering an anesthetic to the wrong patient
  • Failing to adequately monitor anesthetized patients
  • Failing to conduct thorough patient examinations
  • Failing to inquire about patients’ allergies and current medications
  • Failing to inquire about patients’ medical histories
  • Failing to review patients’ medical records
  • Failing to supply patients with the information needed to provide informed consent
  • Inadequate communication between surgeons, attending physicians, nurses and other medical staff

These and other mistakes can have drastic consequences. Under the worst circumstances, anesthesia errors can result in death by cardiac arrest, stroke or asphyxiation. Patients may also experience anesthesia awareness – a condition where they are unable to move or communicate but can still experience pain and other sensations. Anesthesia errors can also lead to:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Birth injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Hyperthermia
  • Organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Vision impairments

No one expects to be a victim of medical malpractice; and, since these conditions can have other causes as well, it is often difficult for patients and their loved ones to know for certain whether an anesthesia error has occurred. As a result, if you even suspect an anesthesia error, we encourage you to contact us. Your initial consultation is completely free and confidential; and, if it appears that you are a victim of medical malpractice, we will fight to make sure you are fully compensated for your physical, financial and emotional harm.

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