New York Medical Malpractice Involving Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia Errors, Wrongful Death

Anesthesia Errors Caused by New York Medical Malpractice

One of the most damaging types of New York medical malpractice are anesthesia errors.  This is because anesthesia errors can easily kill or cause significant, permanent, and debilitating injuries to a patient.  Anesthesia itself is a cocktail of three very dangerous and powerful drugs; one drug induces paralysis, one drug blocks pain, and the other causes unconsciousness.  It should be apparent that when the improper dosage or proportion of these drugs are used, there could be very serious injuries. 

For instance, anesthesia errors could easily result in the wrongful death of a patient.  This is because extreme doses could affect lung function, brain function, heart function, and other organ function.  When one or more organs are injured or impaired due to excessive anesthesia, that could result in multiple organ failure.  This could quickly become fatal.  Overdoses cause wrongful death by also impairing the way the body can utilize oxygen.

In addition, if anesthesia errors due to New York medical malpractice do not result in the wrongful death of a patient, anesthesia errors could very serious and permanent injuries to a patient’s brain.  This is because the anesthesia drugs are very caustic and the brain is very fragile.  Errors in application could easily cause damage to nerve endings and blood vessels.  Tissue can be poisoned and be damaged.  This is particularly true of optic nerves and auditory nerves, which are fragile to extreme doses of anesthesia drugs.  A traumatic brain injury caused by anesthesia errors could be debilitating and irreversible.

When there are anesthesia errors due to New York medical malpractice, it may be common for anesthesia teams to blame surgical teams for anesthesia errors.  These can be very serious for a patient because the burdens and liability could be shifted and become more difficult for a victim to obtain compensation.  Shouldn’t negligent healthcare providers be liable?

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