Portland Anesthesia Error Attorney
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The prospect of undergoing surgical procedures can be overwhelmingly intimidating.
One of the most common complications that arise during surgery is the
administration and monitoring of anesthesia, a powerful drug that is designed
to reduce pain, but can actually make everything so much worse. For this
reason, an anesthesiologist must practice extreme caution and competence
throughout the process. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an
error caused by an anesthesiologist in Oregon, our
Portland medical malpractice lawyers want to help you take action and recover the compensation you deserve.
With more than two decades of experience, Attorney Patrick L. Block has
built a reputation in the state for his committed and ethical representation.
At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., we see our clients as individuals
rather than case numbers. We meet with our clients and their families
personally in order to hear the details of what happened to them or their
loved one. With dedication and proven ability, we are prepared to take
your case to settlement or trial, keeping you informed and involved every
step of the way.
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Dangers of Anesthesia
Anesthesiologists implement anesthesia in an effort to eliminate the pain
involved in certain surgical procedures. While this is a welcomed alternative,
the dangers involved in its administration can be devastating. Essentially,
anesthesia is a drug that controls a patient's life functions and
ability to move and remember large blocks of time. Messing with the brain
is always dangerous, and requires a highly-trained, competent anesthesiologist
who is attentive, focused, and extremely cautious.
The three main types of anesthesia are general, regional, and local. Local
anesthesia is intended for use in common elective procedures such as dental
work to block the nerves to a specific part of the body. Regional anesthesia
works similarly to local, except that it covers a larger portion of the
body. With general anesthesia, a patient is rendered completely unconscious
and wakes with no memory of the surgery taking place. Due to the implications
of the drug, it must be administered with care.
Common errors in anesthesia implementation and monitoring include:
- Over- or under-dosing
- Damaging the teeth during intubation
- Negligence in patient monitoring
- Failure to recognize developing complications
- Failure to properly monitor blood oxygen level
- Inadequately instructing or preparing the patient for anesthesia
- Failing to move the patient periodically to avoid damage to optic nerve
The Consequences of Negligence
Anesthesia errors are a serious and potentially deadly form of medical
malpractice. It is crucial that anesthesiologists follow standard protocol
and take any and all precautions to ensure that the patient is safe and
healthy. A competent doctor will recognize complications and take immediate
action to remedy them. Failure to do so can have devastating consequences
on his or her patient and is grounds for a malpractice claim.
Anesthesiology errors can result in serious injuries, such as:
In some cases, anesthesiology malpractice can even cause death. If you
lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of an anesthesiologist,
our team wants to fight for you. We are passionate advocates for victims
of anesthesia errors and their families, because we believe that our medical
professionals should be held to high standards. In fact, if your case
wrongful death, we won't stop with pursuing justice for you, but
we will fight to have the hospital or anesthesiologist change their policies
and procedures, in an effort to prevent anesthesia errors from tragically
ending another life.
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Call The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. today to learn more about
how we are prepared to make a difference in your case. If you or someone
in your family was the victim of anesthesia malpractice, our medical malpractice
attorney in Portland wants to protect your rights and fight for the compensation
you deserve. We are committed to holding healthcare professionals throughout
the state accountable for dangerous medical errors for your benefit and
the benefit of future patients.
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