Anesthesia Errors

Louisville, KY Lawyer for Anesthesia Malpractice

If you recently had surgery or gave birth, you may have received an anesthetic. Anesthetics are drugs that either cause unconsciousness or block pain receptors in order to make patients more comfortable during medical procedures. While anesthetics are critical – many surgical procedures would not be possible without them – sadly, errors in anesthesia administration kill hundreds and injure thousands of people every year.

Have You Been Harmed by an Anesthesia Error?

There are three main types of anesthesia that are used in the United States. Each has its own specific purposes and benefits, and each carries its own risks as well. At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we represent victims of anesthesia errors involving:

  • Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia – With spinal or epidural anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is administered through an injection near the spinal cord in order to block pain from a specific region of the body. Epidural anesthesia is most commonly used during childbirth.
  • Local and Regional Anesthesia – Local or regional anesthesia is typically used when only a small part of the body (such as a hand or face) needs to be numbed. There are several different types of local and regional anesthesia, including topical anesthesia, infiltrative anesthesia, ring blocks, and peripheral nerve blocks (PNB).
  • General Anesthesia – General anesthesia is intended to render the patient unconscious, and is used for a wide range of surgical procedures. General anesthetics can either be administered intravenously or using a breathing mask.

Common Forms of Anesthesia Malpractice

Dentists, anesthesiologists, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who administer anesthesia are required to undergo extensive training. This training is intended to educate the doctors and nurses to work with anesthetics on proper administration methods, patient risk factors, the dangers of improper administration, and emergency response to anesthesia-related complications. Unfortunately, despite this training, numerous patients still fall victim to a variety of anesthesia errors.

Some of the most common anesthesia errors include:

  • Failure to review the patient’s medical records or consider the patient’s medical history
  • Failure to conduct a thorough patient examination
  • Failure to identify allergies and dangerous drug interactions
  • Failure to provide the patient with enough information so that they can give informed consent to being anesthetized
  • Failure to intubate and intubation errors
  • Failure to adequately monitor the patient while under anesthesia
  • Administering an improper amount of anesthetic
  • Administering the wrong anesthetic
  • Communication errors between doctors, nurses, and other staff in the operating room or involved in the patient’s care

Each of these errors can lead to dangerous – and sometimes fatal – consequences. Anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice, and patients and families who suffer as a result of these errors are entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses.

Consequences of Anesthesia Malpractice

Effects of Anesthesia Errors

The consequences of an anesthesia error can range from inconsequential to life-threatening. The following are all commonly associated with errors in anesthesia administration:

  • Anesthesia awareness
  • Arrhythmia
  • Asphyxiation
  • Birth injuries
  • Blurred vision
  • Brain damage
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Hyperthermia
  • Organ damage
  • Seizure
  • Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
  • Stroke

In some cases, it can be difficult to know if a medical condition is the result of an anesthesia error, some other medical error, or simply natural causes. When you contact Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we will conduct a thorough investigation and seek assessments from trusted medical experts who can help determine if you have a claim for compensation.

Seeking Compensation for Anesthesia Malpractice

When doctors and nurses make mistakes, it is their patients who suffer the consequences. As a victim of anesthesia malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation to cover things like your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. You may be entitled to a variety of other financial damages as well. Claiming the compensation you deserve starts with getting an experienced attorney on your side.

Attorney Seth Gladstein spent almost 10 years as a medical malpractice defense lawyer before opening Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC in 2011. Since then, he has helped numerous clients recover *millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. Seth can help you determine if you have a claim; and, if so, he will vigorously represent your interests in settlement negotiations and, if necessary, in court.

Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC Can Help You Seek Just Compensation

To speak with attorney Seth Gladstein about your anesthesia error, contact the Louisville, KY law offices of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC for a *free consultation. You can send us a message online, or call us 24/7 at (800) 991-0474.


*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel)  Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.

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