West Virginia Anesthesia Error Medical Malpractice Attorney
Preventable medical errors including those in the area of anesthesia are a leading cause of personal injury and death in the United States each year. If you or a loved one suspect negligence on the part of your doctor, nurses or hospital staff, please call the experienced West Virginia anesthesia error medical malpractice attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC.
Errors in the application of anesthesia can be some of the most severe medical malpractice incidents. Sometimes a patient will go to the hospital to have minor surgery like repairing a hernia and be left in a coma or come out of the anesthesia with permanent brain damage or even die because the anesthesiologist failed to administer the proper dosage of anesthesia. Anesthesia puts the patient into an unconscious state and the anesthesiologist has the responsibility for keeping the patient comfortably sedated and also for managing the patient’s vital signs and oxygen levels. The most common types of anesthesia error is in administering an incorrect dosage, too much or too little and the results can be catastrophic.
After thoroughly reviewing a patients chart, it is normally hospital policy that an anesthesiologist have a face-to-face meeting with the patient and the patient’s loved ones in order to get answers to questions that will effect the dosage and duration of the anesthesia administered. Such questions should include but are not limited to asking about a patient’s:
- prior or current illnesses and diseases
- medications currently taking
- allergies to foods or the environment
- current blood chemistry such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Theses questions and more all need to be asked and answered satisfactorily and recorded on paper for a patient to feel comfortable in proceeding with the operation.
If you or a loved one have suffered being left in a comatose state, suffered minor or severe brain damage or paralysis, or have had a loved one die as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor before, during or after you have had surgery, you need to immediately call a West Virginia anesthesia error medical malpractice attorney to see if you have a case to sue them for damages. Time is of the essence in gathering medical records before they have had a chance to alter them.