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Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia is given to patients who undergo surgery so they will remain unconscious and not feel pain during the procedure. When an anesthesiologist fails to administer the correct dosage of anesthetic drug, the patient can suffer debilitating injuries or even die.

If you suffered an injury from an anesthesia error, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages by filing a medical malpractice claim.

Attorney for Anesthesia Error in Montgomery County, TX

If an anesthesiologist failed to do their job, and you or someone you love suffered severe injuries or death, you have come to the right place. Evans & Powell, PLLC has proven experience with medical malpractice claims involving anesthesia errors, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you are properly compensated. 

Call us today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation or submit your information in the online contact form. We represent clients with medical malpractice cases in communities in Montgomery County and Harris County such as Conroe, Montgomery, Patton Village, The Woodlands, Oak Ridge North, Houston, Spring and other surrounding areas.


Overview of Anesthesia Errors in Montgomery County, TX


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Common Anesthesia Errors

While anesthesia is safe for most people, risk is still involved. Mistakes in anesthesia happen every day, and sometimes with fatal consequences. Anesthesia errors can come in many forms, the majority of which can result in a malpractice claim.

Some of the most common anesthesia errors include the following:

  • Receiving too much anesthesia
  • Receiving too little anesthesia, causing anesthesia awareness
  • Delay in administering the drug
  • Administering the wrong type of anesthesia
  • Failing to properly administer oxygen during the procedure
  • Failing to properly monitor the patient during the surgery
  • Failing to determine if the patient is allergic to the anesthesia
  • Using defective medical devices during sedation
  • Harmful drug interactions with the anesthesia
  • Failing to provide the patient with proper instructions, such as no eating or drinking before the procedure

Anesthesia errors can result in catastrophic injuries such as a coma, brain injuries or death. Other injuries can include heart attack, asphyxia, paralysis and awareness during the surgery. 


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Texas Medical Malpractice Laws

When you suffer injuries because of a medical professional’s negligence, you have the right to bring them to justice. There are specific laws for medical malpractice in Texas that can be found in chapter 74 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

The most notable law is that victims have two years from the day they suffered their injuries to file a malpractice claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. If the injuries were the result of ongoing treatment, the two-year period would not start accruing until after the treatment has ended. The law also states that if more than 10 years have passed since the malpractice occurred, the victim will lose their right to file a claim.

Texas law places a cap on the amount of compensation a victim can receive if they win a medical malpractice case. A victim can receive up to $250,000 from a healthcare provider but to $500,000 if the case involved both a healthcare provider and a hospital.


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Proving Medical Negligence

For you to file a medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove that the anesthesiologist’s negligence was the result of your injury. To meet the legal definition of medical malpractice, a medical professional must have been negligent, and that negligence resulted in injury.

A patient must also prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed and their negligence led to injury and additional damages. If this can be established, the victim can sue for damages such as physical and mental pain, additional medical bills, lost work, and wages.


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Additional Resources for Anesthesia Errors in Harris County, TX

Chapter 74 Medical Liability– Visit the Texas Constitution and Statutes website to read through the statutes that govern medical malpractice in the state. You can read the full text of the laws mentioned on this page, what the state considers a health care provider and alternative limitations on noneconomic damages. 

Anesthesia-related Mortality in the United States– Read the scholarly journal published in the National Library of Medicine that studied anesthesia-related deaths in the United States. The study discovered what was attributed to the most anesthesia-related deaths, what age groups are the most susceptible and how often such deaths occur. The NLM is the largest biomedical library in the United States.


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Medical Malpractice lawyer for Anesthesia Errors in Harris County, TX

If you or someone you love was injured because of an anesthesiologist’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Evans & Powell, PLLC has experience dealing with medical professionals in the courtroom and we will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

Call us today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation. Evans & Powell, PLLC represents clients in communities in both Harris County and Montgomery County. Some of these communities include but are not limited to, Houston, Spring  Shenandoah, Willis, Pinehurst and other surrounding areas.

 


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