Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain How Anesthesia Errors Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
Anesthesia errors causing traumatic brain injuries is a serious type of medical malpractice. Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of drugs which paralysis, put to sleep, and block a patient’s pain and discomfort. The determination of how much anesthesia to use is done through a very important calculations. These calculations are checked and rechecked by an anesthesiologists, CRNA, and other anesthesia techs or the actual surgeon performing the procedure. Many times the anesthesia team will even use computers and other safety checks to calculate the amount of anesthesia. While all of these checks and balances makes anesthesia safer now than it has ever been, there are still many different ways that anesthesia errors could occur due to Oregon medical malpractice. In some of the most catastrophic instances, anesthesia errors could result in significant and permanent injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious personal injuries that a personal may sustain due to the negligence of another person or entity. Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know that anesthesia errors could result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. Also known as TBIs, there are several ways that anesthesia errors could occur which might bring a lifetime of serious complications to an innocent person. Victims of this type of medical negligence may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI?
A TBI is a brain injury that results in damage to the brain in such a manner that brain disfunction occurs. Disfunction could relate to memory, speech, problem solving, or other cognitive disability. This disfunction could be temporary but is often permanent to some extent, even if the permanent disability is minor. The damage in a traumatic brain injury is usually permanent to some extent, just the disability may be temporary or permanent. Many times traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic and completely destroy a person’s ability to live independently and function independently, including not being able to hold a job, operate a motor vehicle, or even care for himself or herself.
Ways Oregon Medical Malpractice Could Result in Anesthesia Errors
There are several ways that anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injury causing a traumatic brain injury. There are three general ways the anesthesia errors could occur which include the following:
- Physical errors such as when some medical equipment or device falls or otherwise damages a patient. This could include an overhead IV drip pole falling on a patient’s head or an anesthesia incubation tube causing damage to a patient’s teeth, mouth, or esophagus.
- Anesthesia administration errors such as overdosing or under dosing a patient, including having the anesthesia cocktail at an incorrect proportion. Failing to consider co-morbidities and other possible complications from the anesthesia could also result in serious injury.
- Mechanical errors which include the IV drip rate not working properly, a PCA pump malfunctioning for pain relief during a procedure, syringe malfunctions, or other pacing equipment or calculation equipment which fail to work properly.
Victims of Anesthesia Errors Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries Should Ask Us For Help
Did anesthesia errors causing traumatic brain injuries result in harm or disability to yourself or someone you know? If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
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