Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia errors usually lead to a tragic outcome. The patient may suffer a permanent injury or die. Family members who try to find out what happened often run into a white curtain of silence. Hospital staff rarely admit they did anything wrong.

When hospitals and doctors fail to provide answers, you may need the help of an experienced attorney. Practicing throughout South Carolina for more than 40 years, the law firm of Furr & Henshaw is adept at pursuing medical malpractice claims against negligent anesthesiologists, nurses and hospitals. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. If you would like to learn more, call 843-213-6737 in Myrtle Beach or 803-250-6829 in Columbia.

What Went Wrong?

There is no room for negligence when a patient goes under anesthesia, as even a small error can have life-changing consequences. The two main types of errors include medication errors and anesthesiologist errors.

Examples of medication errors include:

  • Administering the wrong anesthetic
  • Administering too much anesthesia, which can cause death
  • Administering too little anesthesia, which can result in the patient experiencing pain under surgery

Examples of anesthesiologist errors include:

  • Failure to monitor a patient's vital signs while he or she is under anesthesia
  • Leaving the operating room while a patient is under anesthesia
  • Failure to monitor a patient coming out from under anesthesia

In many South Carolina hospitals, a single anesthesiologist oversees all of the patients under anesthesia, while a nurse anesthetist remains with the patient for monitoring purposes. If a hospital is understaffed, a patient may not receive the necessary attention to deal with life-threatening emergencies, such as a patient who goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing.

Uncovering Errors And Compensating The Victims

Our attorneys will obtain hospital records and interview hospital staff who were in the operating room. Then we will have those records reviewed by experts to determine if your providers met the standard of care for South Carolina hospitals.

If your loss was caused by medication or anesthesiologist errors, we will do everything we can to hold your medical professionals accountable for the damages you have suffered, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

Our goals are to not only to compensate the victims of negligence, but to hold negligent providers accountable. In many cases, doctors and hospitals have changed their procedures following a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

If you have suffered serious harm or have lost a loved one as a result of a potential anesthesia error, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. You will not pay any attorneys' fees unless we help you recover compensation.