WVA Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia Errors Can Cause Permanent Harm and Death

Protecting victims of medical negligence errors in West Virginia

Anesthesia, when used correctly, is a medical marvel that allows doctors and medical staff to conduct surgeries on patients with limited pain and a reduced chance of heart problems. As with all medical procedures, anesthesia must be administered correctly to protect the patient and to prevent harm or even death.

The medical negligence lawyers at Paulson & Nace, PLLC, a family-owned and operated law firm, protect patients from anesthesia errors. We hold doctors, anesthesiologists, and hospital staff responsible when anesthesia is not handled properly. For 40 years, our attorneys have been helping clients sue medical professionals for malpractice. We have obtained million dollar verdicts in West Virginia courtrooms and negotiated sizeable settlements in many cases. Our legal success has been recognized by our peers through our election to chair numerous trial organizations.

Recognizing anesthesia errors

In many hospital settings, it is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and not the most qualified person, an anesthesiologist doctor, who administers the anesthesia during surgeries. This is often due to a shortage of qualified anesthesiologists. Errors in giving the anesthesia can cause permanent harm or even death. The attorneys at Paulson & Nace handle a full range of medical malpractice cases, including anesthesia errors. Common anesthesia errors include:

  • Administering the wrong amount or incorrect dosage of anesthesia. Too much or too little anesthesia can have serious consequences.
  • Not giving the patient the anesthesia at the correct time.
  • Using a local anesthesia when a general anesthesia would be better or vice-versa.
  • Using equipment that is defective.
  • Failing to fully inform the patient of the risks and side effects of anesthesia.
  • Failing to check the patient's vital signs for heart problems, breathing problems, and other issues.
  • Not asking the patient or family if the patient is allergic to anesthesia.
  • Not giving the patient the right instructions, or any instructions at all. Patients should be told when to fast and what foods not to consume before the surgery.

The complications from anesthesia error can cause brain damage, heart disorders, and respiratory problems. In severe cases, a Paulson & Nace attorney represents a West Virginia patient who fell into a coma or had a seizure. In the most tragic cases, our lawyers represent the family of a patient who dies due to medical malpractice on the operating table. Non-fatal injuries can cause the need for life-long, around-the-clock care. In death cases, families should be compensated for the loss of the services and society of the patient who wrongfully dies due to medical malpractice.

Anesthesia error cases call for medical negligence attorneys who put families first

Our family of medical negligence attorneys at Paulson & Nace, PLLC understand how medical negligence and errors can affect your family for a lifetime. We offer the personal and professional attention you deserve in your time of need.  We are widely recognized throughout West Virginia, both for our compassionate care and comprehensive legal services to families and our aggressive advocacy for medical malpractice victims. When you choose us to represent you, you are choosing a team that values family. Please call 304-741-8079 or fill out our contact form to discuss any medical malpractice case. Our office is located at 3501 Maccorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

We have dedicated our lives to medical malpractice victims. Let our family help yours.