Most surgeries require the patient to be sedated. The health care provider charged with the task of sedating the patient is typically an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. Carelessness in the administration of anesthesia can have catastrophic results for the patient.
Attorneys Representing Indiana Patients Injured By Anesthesiology Errors And Anesthesiologist Malpractice
At Garau Germano, P.C., we represent patients who have been injured due to anesthesia errors. Our attorneys strive to win maximum compensation on behalf of these individuals.
Malpractice in the administration of anesthesia can occur in many ways. The anesthesiologist must first make sure that the patient is an appropriate candidate for anesthesia. While administering the anesthesia, the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is required to carefully monitor the patient's vital signs to make sure that the anesthesia is not significantly impairing the patient's ability to breathe or maintain a heartbeat. Failure to properly monitor the vital signs or to promptly take corrective action when the vital signs indicate that the patient is in danger can result in brain damage (anoxic brain injury) or death. The anesthesiologist must also take reasonable care in positioning the patient before and during the operation. If a patient is improperly positioned, the patient may awaken from the procedure with a permanent and debilitating nerve injury.
Examples of some of the anesthesiology malpractice cases handled by the lawyers at Garau Germano, P.C., include:
- An anesthesiologist fails to properly monitor the patient's blood pressure during a heart surgery and fails to promptly take corrective action when the blood pressure drops. The patient suffers an anoxic brain injury and subsequently dies.
- An anesthesiologist reuses a syringe during an operation, exposing the patient to the possibility of bloodborne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
- An oral surgeon fails to appropriately assess whether his patient is an appropriate candidate for the administration of anesthesia in an office setting, resulting in the patient's arrest and subsequent death.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed as a result of an anesthesia error, the attorneys at our Indianapolis law firm can help. Call our firm at 317-643-4232 or toll free at 800-631-6743.