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Anesthesiologist Error Injury Lawyers in Arlington Heights

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When a patient requires surgery to address a medical problem, he or she may be concerned about the procedure and the skill level of the surgeon. The patient must also trust that the anesthesiologist is properly trained and prepared to do his or her job both before the procedure and while it is underway. An anesthesiologist who fails to provide the appropriate care for a surgical patient could be held liable for any injuries that occur as the result of an anesthesia error.

At Newland & Newland, LLP, we know that the vast majority of procedures requiring anesthesia are completed without any problems or complications. We realize, however, that carelessness or negligence by an anesthesiologist can cause devastating consequences. If you or someone you love has been injured by substandard care provided by an anesthesiologist, our attorneys can help you explore your available options.

Types of Anesthesia

There are several different types of anesthesia that could be used to block pain and to allow a patient to undergo a surgical procedure. General anesthesia is commonly used for major procedures, and it is meant to render the patient completely unconscious. This type of anesthesia is sometimes referred to as "being put under." If anesthesia is only required for a relatively small part of the body, local anesthesia may be used. An epidural, or spinal anesthesia, might be appropriate if the procedure requires the lower body to be numbed. Epidurals are relatively common during labor and delivery.

Common Mistakes

An anesthesia-related error could occur for a variety of reasons, including negligence or malpractice. If the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist does not comply with the prevailing standard of care, he or she could be held liable any injuries or illnesses caused. Some of the most common types of anesthesia mistakes include:

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia;
  • Interactions with other drugs;
  • Too much or too little anesthesia;
  • Delayed delivery;
  • Intubation errors;
  • Failing to monitor a patient properly;
  • Failing to recognize and address complications;
  • Ignoring alarms or machine notifications;
  • Mistakes involving oxygen administration;
  • Poor communication;
  • Sedation that lasts too long; and
  • Defective or inadequately maintained equipment.

The injuries associated with anesthesia error can be serious and may include brain injuries, nerve damage, heart palpitations, blood pressure concerns, seizures, coma, and sometimes death.

Protecting the Rights of Patients in Wheeling and Elk Grove Village

Attorney Gary A. Newland and his team have more than 60 years of combined experience in the practice of injury law. We have helped our clients collect millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, including many who suffered harm as the result of anesthesiologist malpractice. At our firm, we know that expert testimony is often vital in proving that an anesthesiology professional acted negligently and provided substandard care. We maintain a large network of medical experts whose input could be crucial in building your case for compensation.

Our attorneys also understand that doctors, hospitals, and medical malpractice insurance carriers are often difficult to work with as they are focused on protecting their own best interests. While we will negotiate in good faith in pursuit of a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.

Call 847-797-8000 for a Free Phone Consultation

To learn more about collection compensation for anesthesiologist malpractice, contact our office. Call 847-797-8000 to schedule a free phone consultation and case evaluation today. Newland & Newland, LLP serves clients in Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Palatine, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Wheeling, Lake County, DuPage County, Cook County, and the surrounding areas.

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