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Anesthesia Error

Between 2007 and 2014, there were 17,116 anesthesia errors in the US

Anesthesia is typically the last concern one has before going under the knife.  Anesthesia errors, however, are common.  If you injured due to an anesthesia error, you need a lawyer who will shoot you straight and get you back to normalcy.  Call us at 346.501.FUNK.


Why you should hire an attorney after an anesthesia error

Anesthesia is a cornerstone of modern medicine, allowing countless surgeries and procedures to be performed safely and comfortably. However, anesthesia errors can have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to an anesthesia mistake, you are not alone. The Funk Law Group team understands the physical and emotional toll such errors can inflict, and we are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable.

Understanding Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia errors encompass a wide range of mistakes that can occur before, during, or after surgery. These errors can involve:

  • Medication Errors: Administering the wrong medication, dosage, or failing to consider a patient's allergies or medical history.

  • Monitoring Failures: Inadequate monitoring of vital signs, oxygen levels, or the patient's response to anesthesia.

  • Intubation Issues: Difficulty inserting a breathing tube, causing airway obstruction or damage.

  • Equipment Malfunction: Improperly maintained equipment or failure to identify faulty devices.

  • Communication Lapses: Inadequate communication between the anesthesiologist, surgeon, and nurses, leading to critical errors.

  • Delayed Response: Failure to promptly address complications like low blood pressure, allergic reactions, or awareness.

The Devastating Impact of Anesthesia Errors

The consequences of anesthesia errors can be severe and life-changing. Potential outcomes include:

  • Anesthesia Awareness: A terrifying experience where a patient remains conscious during surgery but is unable to move or communicate.

  • Brain Damage: Oxygen deprivation due to anesthesia errors can lead to cognitive difficulties, memory problems, or coma.

  • Stroke or Heart Attack: Improper blood pressure or oxygen management can increase the risk of cardiovascular events.

  • Nerve Damage: Injuries during needle placement or positioning can cause permanent nerve damage, leading to pain, weakness, or paralysis.

  • Respiratory Failure: Inadequate ventilation or aspiration during surgery can lead to lung problems.

  • Death: In the most tragic cases, anesthesia errors can be fatal.

These complications can have a profound impact on a patient's life, requiring extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and causing ongoing physical and emotional suffering.

When to Consider Legal Action

If you suspect an anesthesia error has caused you or a loved one harm, it is crucial to consult with a medical malpractice attorney. Here are some signs that may indicate negligence:

  • You experienced unexpected complications after surgery.

  • Medical records reflect deviations from standard anesthetic procedures.

  • You noticed a lack of communication or coordination between the medical team.

  • You have persistent pain, weakness, or cognitive difficulties.

An experienced lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your case, review medical records, and consult with medical experts to determine if an error occurred. If negligence is established, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical Bills: Past and future medical expenses related to the anesthesia error.

  • Lost Wages: Income lost due to treatment, recovery, and disability.

  • Pain and Suffering: Physical and emotional distress caused by the error.

  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Inability to participate in activities due to the error's effects.

  • Wrongful Death: Compensation for the loss of a loved one due to an anesthesia error.

Why Choose Funk Law Group?

At Funk Law Group, we are dedicated to advocating for victims of medical malpractice. Our team has extensive experience handling anesthesia error cases and understands the complexities involved. We offer:

  • Free Case Evaluation: We will assess your case with no upfront cost.

  • Compassionate Representation: We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and provide personalized support.

  • Aggressive Litigation: We fight to hold negligent parties accountable and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered due to an anesthesia error, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you navigate the legal process and seek justice. Remember, you are not alone.

Types of Anesthesia Error 


Dosage Error


Monitoring Error

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Intubation Issue

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