Patients in New York and every other state expect to leave a hospital in better health than when they were admitted. However, the potential for errors is present in any medical process. A significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits follow mistakes made during anesthesia. One of those involves incorrect dosing of medication, which has been found to result from inexperience, unfamiliarity to devices or equipment, inattention, carelessness or haste.
Unintentional flushing of built-up residue through the IV device is one error that affects more children than adults. It can lead to infection along with delivering anesthetic drugs into the veins of the patient. Postoperative pain is difficult to manage, and many opioids can cause addiction or other adverse effects. Chronic regional pain syndrome, vomiting and nausea, and infections can result when drug administration during anesthesia is poorly timed.
Serious complications can be caused by the improper regulation of intravenous flow rates during anesthesia. An overload can lead to breathing problems, anxiety, headaches and high blood pressure. Inadequate flow, on the other hand, will prevent the drug from having the necessary effect on the patient.
Anyone in New York who is suffering the consequences of substandard medical care due to anesthesia errors might have questions about his or her legal rights to seek recovery of damages. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will be the best person to provide answers and determine the viability of a claim. If grounds to file a civil lawsuit exist, the lawyer can assist throughout ensuing legal proceedings. This will include establishing negligence and documenting economic and noneconomic damages to present to the court for adjudication.