detailMedical Negligence

Anaesthetic or Anaesthesia Errors

Anaesthetic or Anaesthesia Errors

Anaesthesia or Anaesthetic Errors Compensation Lawyers

Anaesthesia is an inherently risky part of any surgery. Anaesthetists are responsible for administrating and monitoring anaesthesia and the patient’s vital signs during a surgical procedure. They are also consulted prior to surgery to ensure that the patient is fit enough to undergo surgery based in light of their medical history and condition.

Medical negligence compensation claims involving anaesthetic negligence involve errors by the anaesthetist before or during or after surgery at public or private hospitals. These mistakes can be minor, but can have devastating effects on the patients and their families.

Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers are experienced in acting for patients in in medical negligence compensation claims all over Australia involving anaesthetic or anaesthesia errors or mistakes. We understand the devastating effects of having suffered an injury or a worsened medical condition, or experienced the loss of a loved one, as a result of negligence on the part of the anaesthetist or anaesthesiologist.

Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers are experienced in acting for patients in dental treatment compensation claims all around Australia. We understand the devastating effects of having suffered an injury, because of negligent medical treatment from an anaesthetist.

We’ll be here for you every step of the way guiding you through the process in your medical negligence claim. We have the expert knowledge, expertise and a proven track record needed to obtain outstanding results in all types of medical negligence compensation claims involving anaesthetists and anaesthesia.

We’ll act for you in your anaesthesia medical negligence claim on a no win, no fee basis with no upfront costs. See our why choose us page for many more reasons as to why so many Australians choose Longton Compensation Lawyers over anyone else for their medical negligence anaesthesia or anaesthetic errors compensation claims.

What are example of anaesthesia or anaesthetic negligence?

The most common causes of anaesthetic mistakes in public and private hospitals occur because of:

  • Performing an inadequate anaesthetic assessment on a patient prior to surgery to ensure the patient is fit enough to undergo surgery without complications

 – Example

An anaesthetist reviews a high-risk patient with a known history of atrial fibrillation (AF), which is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots in the heart.  The anaesthetist does not recommend that the patient be placed onto an anticoagulation regime for a period in the lead up to the surgical procedure, because of the patient’s AF. The anaesthetist determines that the patient is fit enough to undergo surgery as is. As a result of not being properly anticoagulated in the lead up to the surgery, the patient suffers a severe stroke during or immediately after the surgery, which could have been avoided with implementation of a proper pre-operative anticoagulation regime for several weeks in the lead up to the surgery.

  • Administering incorrect doses of drugs or medication or inappropriate drugs or medication

– Example

Giving a patient a drug to which they are allergic to resulting in an anaphylactic shock and a near-death experience or death. This usually occurs due to a failure to follow proper checking procedures.

  • Improperly or incorrectly inserting lines, cannulas, injections, epidurals or nerve blocks leading to further complications such as nerve damage

 – Example

Mistakenly inserting a central venous catheter into a patient’s carotid artery instead of the internal jugular vein, resulting in a stroke to the patient or death, in the circumstances where an ultrasound guided method should have been utilised to identify the correct vessel and avoid incorrect catheterisation of the patient’s carotid artery, avoiding stroke or death.

  • Not monitoring or inadequately monitoring the patient’s vital signs during or after surgical procedure

– Example

An anaesthetist or anaesthesiologist does not appreciate a patient’s fall in blood pressure, who is operated on in a “beach chair” position, resulting in cerebral hypoperfusion and catastrophic cerebral injury or death due to cerebral ischemia caused by significantly reduced cerebral blood flow during general anaesthesia.

What are the consequences of anaesthetic errors or mistakes?

The most common consequences of anaesthetic errors and mistakes include:

  • Nerve damage or injuries.
  • Heart attacks.
  • Stroke.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Asphyxia.
  • Anaphylaxis.
  • Damage to the trachea.
  • Brain damage.
  • Coma.
  • Death.

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