Pennsylvania Anesthesia Errors Attorney
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim After an Anesthesia Injury
Anesthesia is an essential element of numerous medical procedures, including surgery. However, it is also a powerful medication and, as such, comes with certain risks. When medical professionals make mistakes in administering anesthesia, the consequences can be deadly.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to an anesthesia error in Pennsylvania, reach out to Metzger Wickersham. Since 1888, our firm has been fighting on behalf of individuals and families throughout the state. We now offer trusted legal representation for those who have suffered immense losses through no fault of their own. We are known for our compassionate yet aggressive approach, as well as for our long history of success in complex personal injury cases. We understand the nuances inherent in medical malpractice claims and are ready to help you navigate the legal process of seeking fair compensation for your damages.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, anesthesia error cases may be referred to other law firms.
Common Anesthesia Errors
All medical professionals—including anesthesiologists, physician anesthetists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs)—have a responsibility to provide patients with an acceptable level of care. Unfortunately, this does not prevent mistakes from happening. Anesthesia errors occur every day in the U.S., often with devastating consequences.
Some common examples of anesthesia errors include:
- Administering an incorrect dose (too much or too little anesthesia)
- Anesthesia awareness/patient consciousness during a procedure
- Delayed administration of anesthesia
- Administering anesthesia to the wrong patient
- Failing to consider a patient’s medical history prior to administering anesthesia
- Administering anesthesia to a patient who is allergic
- Negative interactions between anesthesia and other medications the patient is taking
- Failing to adequately identify/respond to adverse reactions
Furthermore, when medical professionals fail to provide patients with proper pre-procedure and post-procedure care, they can be held legally liable for resulting injuries and damages. A medical provider who fails to obtain informed consent prior to administering anesthesia may have acted negligently; the same is true of a medical provider who fails to properly monitor a patient who is under anesthesia or has just received anesthesia.
In short, if you believe your doctor or another medical professional failed to provide you with the same level of care that another qualified provider would have in the same or similar circumstances, you could have grounds for a claim. Reach out to our Pennsylvania anesthesia error attorneys at Metzger Wickersham to learn more, including how we can represent you and your rights.
Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Errors
Whether the error occurred in the administration of anesthesia or before, during, or after a medical procedure involving anesthesia took place, these mistakes can have seriously, lasting implications. In many cases, anesthesia errors can even be fatal.
Some of the many, wide-ranging injuries caused by anesthesia errors include:
- Brain injuries and damage
- Damage to the heart and other organs
- Oxygen deprivation (hypoxia/anoxia)
- Confusion and disorientation
- Blurred vision and/or ringing in the ears
- Heart arrhythmia (abnormal pulse)
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Spinal cord injuries, leading to paralysis
- Blood pressure problems
- Birth injuries (when anesthesia is administered to a pregnant patient)
- Malignant hyperthermia (high body temperature, spasms, rapid heart rate, etc.)
The effects of these injuries are immense, often impacting both victims and their families for the remainder of their lives. At Metzger Wickersham, we believe that you should not have to simply suffer the consequences of a medical professional’s mistake. Instead, our Pennsylvania anesthesia error attorneys are ready to fight for you and the fair compensation you deserve.
Don’t Wait to Contact Metzger Wickersham
Suffering an injury or the loss of a loved one at the hands of a trusted medical provider can leave you feeling incredibly upset, angry, and unsure of where to turn. You deserve justice, and Metzger Wickersham can help.
We have multiple offices located in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York and can travel to meet you in a more convenient location if needed. Our Pennsylvania anesthesia error lawyers are here to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult time. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us at any time of day or night to set up an appointment for a free case evaluation.