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Anesthesia Errors

St. Louis Anesthesia Error Attorney Fights for Patient Compensation

Malpractice lawyer in St. Louis works to prove negligence

Anesthesia is one of the great advances in modern medicine. However, when an anesthesiologist makes a mistake, the consequences for the patient can be dire. Brain damage, stroke, and death are all too frequent when an anesthesiologist is negligent in administering drugs or monitoring the patient. At the Guirl Law Firm, we provide capable and aggressive representation for victims of this type of medical malpractice. Since 1991, we have fought for the rights of injured patients, and we are ready to pursue the maximum damage award possible for your anesthesia injury.

Common errors with anesthesia

Anesthesia is the use of drugs in various forms to produce a loss of sensation in a patient, with or without unconsciousness. Anesthesia can be local, as with a Novocaine injection in the dentist’s office, regional, as with an epidural, or general, as with most surgical procedures. Anesthesiologists must deliver the appropriate dose, guard against interactions with other drugs, and take other basic safeguards for a patient’s safety. For example, an anesthesiologist must warn a patient not to eat or drink prior to surgery, because anesthesia can cause vomiting, causing a risk of choking or aspiration.

Other common anesthesia errors include:

  • Too much anesthesia
  • Too little anesthesia
  • Failing to identify and prevent harmful drug interactions with the anesthesia
  • Administering anesthesia to an allergic patient
  • Delayed delivery of anesthesia
  • Failure to properly monitor the patient
  • Failure to properly administer oxygen during surgery
  • Improper ventilation
  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Misinterpreting test results

Defective medical devices can also play a role in causing harm to an anesthesia patient.

Catastrophic injuries due to anesthesia errors

The consequences of an anesthesia error can be severe for a patient. These include:

  • Asphyxia
  • Brain damage
  • Choking
  • Coma
  • Heart problems, including heart failure
  • Hyperthermia
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Seizure and stroke

Serious injuries deserve full and fair compensation, especially when the harm is irreversible. Unfortunately, medical malpractice claims can be extremely difficult to prove. You should only trust your case to an experienced attorney with a track record of success. In personal injury and wrongful death actions, our firm fights for the maximum damage award possible under the facts of the case.

Contact our St. Louis malpractice attorney today to discuss your anesthesia injury

Our medical malpractice attorney is ready to help you recover damages for harm caused by a negligent anesthesiologist or facility. For the advice you need, and positive results in your malpractice case, call the Guirl Law Firm any time, 24 hours a day, at 314-391-2585 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.


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