Anesthesia Malpractice can have disastrous effects. The medical malpractice attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, have over 30 years of experience handling cases related to anesthesia complications and anesthesia mishaps. We understand that anesthesia errors can lead to brain damage, coma, spinal cord injury and even death. We also understand that many or most of these tragic mistakes are a result of anesthesia malpractice.
Anesthesia complications often leads to permanent brain injury. There is little room for error when taking over the breathing and oxygen supply for a patient. For this reason, the professional society that governs the conduct of anesthesiologists has promulgated very stringent precautions that must be followed in the operating room to prevent anesthesia malpractice from occurring. We understand these standards of anesthesia management and will determine if they were properly followed.
What causes anesthesia malpractice?
In some cases of anesthesia complications, mandated precautions such as pre-anesthesia visits and physical examinations may not have been conducted. In other instances, alarm devices designed to alert the anesthesia team that a patient is not receiving adequate amounts of oxygen may not have been used, were broken, or merely ignored – all are serious violations and medical malpractice. Anesthesia staff may have failed to properly monitor a patient’s blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
We have seen anesthesia malpractice cases where breathing tubes were not properly placed by the anesthesiologist, and the patient sustained brain trauma. In another instance, an incorrectly sized blood pressure cuff was used on a young man. This resulted in inaccurate blood pressure readings, leading to permanent brain damage.
Frequent causes of anesthesia malpractice include:
- Defective equipment
- Medication overdoses or incorrect anesthesia drugs
- Failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Incorrectly intubating a patient
- Unsupervised residents
- Leaving the patient unattended while under anesthesia
Consult with an Experienced New York Malpractice Attorney following an anesthesia error
If you believe you or a family member has been seriously injured from anesthesia malpractice, you can contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP. You can call us toll free at 1-866-272-4652. There is no charge for our initial consultation.