San Antonio Anesthesia Error Attorney
Experienced help if you suffer harm from anesthesia errors in Texas
Anesthesia is used in a variety of medical procedures, from routine surgeries to emergency services. While it is extremely helpful when used appropriately, anesthesia can cause serious complications and may even be fatal when mistakes are made.
Medical professionals, including anesthesiologists, receive extensive education and training to ensure that they do not make errors that put patients’ lives at risk. Unfortunately, this does not always prevent anesthesiologists, nurses, doctors, and other health care providers from providing substandard care. If you believe that you were injured or your loved one died due to a preventable anesthesia error, reach out to the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today to learn how we can help.
As the oldest plaintiffs’ personal injury firm in San Antonio, we understand the law, and we know what it takes to hold negligent medical providers accountable. Our medical malpractice team brings 70 years of experience to every case, as well as a proven track record of success, a 99% success rate, and a reputation for aggressive advocacy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can a San Antonio anesthesia error attorney help?
We know how devastating it is to realize that a trusted medical provider failed to deliver an acceptable standard of care. At the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, our attorney is ready to represent your rights and advocate for the compensation you need to heal and move forward.
Since 1953, we have been proudly representing clients throughout the San Antonio area, offering compassionate, personalized attention and dedicated, strategic representation. Our approach has helped us recover millions of dollars for our clients to date.
What are common anesthesia mistakes?
Just like any other type of medication, anesthesia offers numerous benefits, but it also has potentially dangerous side effects. The dangers of anesthesia increase significantly when medical providers make mistakes, are careless, or otherwise fail to uphold the standard of care.
Some of the most common anesthesia mistakes include:
- Incorrectly administering anesthesia, leading to bodily injury
- Administering the wrong amount of anesthesia (too much or too little)
- Delaying the administration of anesthesia
- Failing to properly monitor a patient for adverse anesthesia reactions
- Failing to recognize/treat signs of patient distress while under anesthesia
- Administering the wrong type of anesthesia
- Failing to review a patient’s chart/medical history, including a history of adverse reactions to anesthesia or an allergy to anesthesia
- Improperly positioning a patient so as to negatively affect blood pressure
- Using defective medical equipment/devices when administering anesthesia and/or monitoring a patient who is under anesthesia
Regardless of the type of error, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one suffered due to a medical provider’s negligence.
Why do anesthesia mistakes happen?
Anesthesia mistakes can occur due to a variety of factors, including:
- Incorrect dosages: Anesthesia medications must be administered in precise dosages, and mistakes can occur when doctors or anesthesiologists miscalculate the correct dosage.
- Failure to obtain a complete medical history: Prior to administering anesthesia, medical professionals must obtain a complete medical history to identify potential risks and avoid complications. Failure to do so can lead to errors in administration.
- Inadequate monitoring: During anesthesia, patients must be closely monitored to ensure they are receiving the appropriate dosage and are not experiencing complications. Inadequate monitoring can lead to errors in dosage or missed complications.
- Communication errors: Communication errors between medical professionals, including miscommunication of dosages or incorrect patient information, can lead to errors in anesthesia administration.
- Inexperience or inadequate training: Anesthesia administration requires a high level of skill and training. Inexperienced or inadequately-trained medical professionals may make errors in administration.
- Equipment failure: Anesthesia equipment, including monitors and delivery systems, can malfunction and cause errors in administration.
Overall, anesthesia mistakes can occur due to a variety of factors, and it's important for medical professionals to take every precaution to ensure patient safety. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to an anesthesia mistake, it's important to contact an experienced attorney to explore your legal options.
What injuries and complications are associated with anesthesia errors?
Unfortunately, anesthesia errors often lead to severe injuries and life-threatening complications. Some of these include:
For those who survive, the injuries sustained due to anesthesia mistakes are devastating, often requiring extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. These injuries can be permanent and may prevent victims from returning to work, caring for themselves, or ever enjoying a once-normal quality of life.
At the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, we believe that you should not have to simply deal with the effects of a serious anesthesia error on your own. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your current and future medical expenses, current and future lost wages, and ongoing pain and suffering. Our San Antonio anesthesia error attorney can help you determine who may be liable for your damages and can help you pursue the full, fair recovery you deserve.
Who is liable for my anesthesia error and injuries?
To successfully bring a San Antonio anesthesia error claim, it is not enough to simply prove that you were injured or suffered complications after receiving anesthesia. Rather, you must prove that an anesthesiologist or another medical provider failed to uphold the standard of care. This means that they failed to act (through act or omission) in a way that another qualified medical provider in the same or similar situation would have acted.
Depending on the specific factors involved in your case, any of the following parties (among others) could be partially or wholly liable for your injuries and/or damages:
- An anesthesiologist
- An anesthesiologist assistant
- An anesthetist
- A surgeon
- A nurse or attending physician
- A hospital
- The medical facility that employed the negligent provider
At the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, we work with a team of expert investigators and other professionals to determine exactly how an anesthesia error occurred—and who is liable. If you are entitled to financial compensation for your damages, such as your medical bills and pain and suffering, you can rest assured that our team will fight tirelessly to maximize your recovery.
Do you have an anesthesia error attorney near me?
The Law Offices of Pat Maloney is located at 239 E Commerce St. in the center of Downtown San Antonio, TX. We are the owner of one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in San Antonio. There’s plenty of parking nearby. If you cannot travel, we can arrange a phone or video conference, or an in-hospital visit.
Honest and reliable San Antonio anesthesia error lawyer
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that anesthesia injuries can take on you and your family, and we're committed to fighting tirelessly for your rights. Let the Law Offices of Pat Maloney put our expertise and resources to work for you.
Contact our San Antonio medical malpractice lawyer today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney. We'll listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal options. With our help, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more, including how our firm can help you with your potential anesthesia error case, call our offices or submit a free case evaluation form.