Can I Sue for an Anesthesia Error in Texas?

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Even though many medical facilities take anesthesia for granted, no one should ever treat it lightly. The drugs administered in anesthesia can sedate a patient for a medical procedure but the wrong dosage can cause serious injury. Anesthesiologists have to closely monitor a patient’s vital signs and drug levels before, during and after surgery. According to an anesthesia study, between 1999 and 2006, more than 2,200 anesthesia-related deaths occurred in medical facilities in the United States. If you suspect a Texas medical facility made an error with your or your loved one’s anesthesia, please read on, then contact an experienced Houston, Texas anesthesia error lawyer today.

Do you qualify for compensation after an anesthesia error in Texas?

You can sue for anesthesia errors that result in injury or death. Like other medical mistakes, the injury victim can file a medical malpractice claim to recover damages. After a fatal anesthesia error, the family may have the right to recover wrongful death damages to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

How does an anesthesia error happen in Texas?

In a study of 359 studied anesthesia-related preventable incidents, human errors caused eighty-five percent of the incidents. Equipment failure accounted for many of the other incidents. The following are the most common anesthesia-related incidents:

  • Failure to properly monitor the patient’s vital signs
  • Too much anesthesia
  • Not enough anesthesia
  • Prescription errors
  • Communication or hand-off errors
  • Adverse reactions
  • Intubation injuries
  • Careless punctures or injections

What are the effects of anesthesia errors?

When improperly administered, anesthesia can cause damage to vital organs, including the brain. One of the most serious problems with anesthesia is that it can slow or stop breathing. When an unconscious patient stops breathing and does not immediately receive oxygen, the oxygen deprivation can quickly lead to hypoxia, anoxia, cell death and brain damage.

Some patients may have an allergic reaction to certain drugs. The anesthesiologist should be aware of the patient’s allergy history and medical history. He or she should be prepared to identify signs of an allergic reaction, anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.

Careless punctures or injections can lead to nerve damage, excess bleeding or infection. If you have fallen victim to anesthesia errors in a Texas medical facility, you should reach out to a skilled Harris County, Texas medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

How do you prove an anesthesia error case in Texas?

You and your qualified legal representative will need to collect and present evidence supporting the following:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and the defendant
  • The medical professional did not treat the plaintiff with the skill and care that similarly-trained health care professionals would have under similar circumstances
  • The medical professional’s action or inaction caused the plaintiff to suffer injury, harm or a worsening of their health condition
  • The plaintiff sustained actual economic and/or noneconomic harm as a result of the medical professional’s action/inaction

Please give our firm a call today if you have any further questions or would like to begin preparing your case for damages.

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