Anesthesia Errors in St. Louis
Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Surgical Injury Victims
Anesthesia errors are a form of
medical malpractice when they are the result of a medical care provider’s preventable
mistake. Anesthesia errors can result in severe harm to a patient, and
in some cases may lead to patient death. On average, there are nearly
300 deaths every year in the United States attributable to mistakes involving
If you have been adversely affected by an anesthesia error and require
compensation for your pain and suffering, then it is highly advised you
contact a St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer. An attorney from our firm
can meticulously investigate your case and use the information found to
increase your chances of receiving compensation from the negligent parties.
You may be entitled to recompense for past and future medical bills, pain
and suffering, and more.
Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC offers free consultations. To begin discussing
your case, call our office today at (800) 391-4318.
Common Anesthesia Errors
In surgical procedures, an anesthesiologist stays only long enough to administer
the anesthesia, at which point a certified registered nurse anesthetist
(CRNA) takes over. In the event that complications arise during the surgery
or a quick decision needs to be made, errors involving anesthesia or the
further anesthetizing of the patient can take place. These errors can
cause significant damage to the patient and
result in life-altering consequences.
Common anesthesia errors include:
- Administering too much or not enough medication
- Delaying anesthesia
- Failing to prevent drug interactions
- Failing to check the patient’s medical history for allergies before
- Administering the wrong drug
- Failing to properly instruct the patient on pre- or post-operative care
- Failing to properly monitor the patient during surgery
- Errors caused by defective medical equipment
These errors may result in:
- Brain or organ damage
- Heart problems
- Blood pressure problems
- Artery, vein, or nerve damage
- Heart arrhythmia
- Dizziness, blurred vision, or confusion
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Spinal cord injury, possibly resulting in paralysis
- Coma and death
In one particularly frightening scenario, patients who receive too little
anesthesia can experience what is called
anesthesia awareness (also called unintended intra-operative awareness). In this situation,
a patient may be conscious and aware during the duration of their surgical
procedure, and yet unable to move or verbally inform doctors that more
anesthesia is needed. Many patients who experience anesthesia awareness
later develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of extreme
anxiety and stress.
Staunch Representation for St. Louis Medical Malpractice Victims
At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, we understand that anesthesia error
cases can be complex and filled with extremely technical details. With
the help of experts in the field of anesthesiology, we are prepared to
thoroughly review and examine your case to properly determine liability.
After our investigation, we can aggressively pursue a course of legal
action designed to secure full compensation for your injuries. Our goal
is to help you move on from this ordeal as soon as possible, so you can
be confident leaving the legal aspect of your case up to us.
The Missouri statute of limitations only allows up to two years to file
a medical malpractice claim, so do not hesitate to contact a St. Louis
medical malpractice attorney at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC as soon
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