How Anesthesia Errors Can Lead to Brain Damage

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
May 30, 2023

When getting surgery, patients often receive anesthesia, a drug that prevents pain during procedures. This sedative requires careful administration and monitoring to ensure the patient’s health and safety. Unfortunately, many medical professionals fail to follow a reasonable duty of care, resulting in 17,116 anesthetic errors between 2007 and 2014. These mistakes may result in brain damage, which can have long-lasting effects on a patient’s future.

If you have suffered anesthesia-related brain injuries due to a medical professional’s negligence, you deserve representation dedicated to fighting for you. At Davis & Davis, we allow you to focus on recovery while we handle every aspect of your claim. Our compassionate lawyers take the time to listen to your story and develop a customized plan tailored to your needs. With our consistent and reliable communication, you can better understand your condition, legal options, and the decisions you can make to protect your financial future.

4 Ways Anesthesia Errors Can Cause Brain Damage

When receiving anesthesia, an anesthesiologist is responsible for explaining the side effects of the sedative, monitoring your vitals, and taking reasonable care to keep you safe. When they fail to do this, complications that may cause brain damage could occur. Anesthesia-related medical malpractice that could lead to these issues includes the following:

Inadequate Blood Flow Monitoring

During surgery, the brain needs continuous oxygen-rich blood to keep its cells alive. If a medical professional fails to do this, the brain may receive reduced blood flow. This increases the patient’s risk of stroke and irreversible brain damage. 

Improper Intubation

In some surgeries, patients must have a tube placed in their trachea to open their airways and breathe under anesthesia. This is called intubation. If the tubes are not appropriately placed, taken out too early, or not secured, the brain may be deprived of oxygen and suffer damage.

Poor Monitoring Post-Surgery

Some patients may require monitoring after surgery to ensure they breathe properly as they come off the anesthesia. If a healthcare worker fails to track a patient’s breathing or check their vitals, their brain may not receive sufficient oxygen, which could result in long-term issues.


If a patient vomits during surgery and the anesthesiologist does not notice, the patient could inhale the vomit back into their lungs. This could cause breathing issues leading to poor airflow to the brain, also called hypoxic brain injury. 

If you suffer from any of these brain injuries due to an anesthesia error, you have the right to file a claim and pursue financial compensation. However, this can be challenging to do on your own due to the confusing process and difficult insurance companies. Our knowledgeable lawyers understand how to negotiate with adjusters and are prepared to take your claim, regardless of the circumstances.

Contact an Experienced Texas Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Davis & Davis Today

If you suffered an anesthesia-related brain injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, your recovery should be your top priority. However, this can be challenging if you attempt to handle your claim on your own. At Davis & Davis, we support you from start to finish, from investigation and gathering evidence to negotiation and litigation if necessary. 

With nearly 70 years of combined experience and a focus on medical malpractice claims, you can trust us to handle your claim effectively and with careful attention. Our passionate lawyers fight tirelessly to hold at-fault parties accountable. We have helped victims in Houston and across the country and take every case seriously. To schedule your free consultation with a trustworthy attorney, call 713-781-5200 or fill out our contact form.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

May 30 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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