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Protecting Pennsylvania anesthesia errors

Posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims typically follow injuries to patients. Typical causes of these injuries are failure of physicians to properly diagnose diseases, conditions and initial injuries; surgeries performed on the wrong site; and other acts of obvious medical negligence. A few medical errors are not easily detected immediately. One of them is anesthesia error.

Anesthesia is primarily used to minimize a patient’s response to pain during surgery. It often produces unconsciousness, skeletal-muscle relaxation and immobility. Because of their effects on the human body, considerable training and skill are needed to administer various anesthesias safely. Every form of administration — general, spinal, epidural and local — has some risk. Every anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist is responsible for knowing all of these side effects and potential complications whenever anesthesia is given to a patient. Even small mistakes can harm patients.

If that is the case, our Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm is available to explain the remedies available to patients and their families. Our firm can provide legal guidance to any patient harmed by an anesthesia error or who suffered an allergic reaction to medication, inadequate anesthesia or other medication errors. Our years of experience in handling different medical malpractice cases enable us to determine the most likely cause of a medical mistake. Standards of care must always be met whenever anesthesia and related medications are used because, like any other type of medical error, they can threaten a patient’s health and life.

Protecting the client patient’s rights and interests is our mission. Physicians and other health-care providers are supposed to know what they are doing and should be more knowledgeable about medical procedures than their patients. This requires them to ensure that patient safety is their top priority. The information we can provide our clients about medical malpractice is our first step in protecting them.