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The prospect of undergoing surgical procedures can be overwhelmingly intimidating. One of the most common complications that arise during surgery is the administration and monitoring of anesthesia, a powerful drug that is designed to reduce pain, but can actually make everything so much worse. For this reason, an anesthesiologist must practice extreme caution and competence throughout the process. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an error caused by an anesthesiologist in Oregon, our Portland medical malpractice lawyers want to help you take action and recover the compensation you deserve.

With more than two decades of experience, Attorney Patrick L. Block has built a reputation in the state for his committed and ethical representation. At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., we see our clients as individuals rather than case numbers. We meet with our clients and their families personally in order to hear the details of what happened to them or their loved one. With dedication and proven ability, we are prepared to take your case to settlement or trial, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way.

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Dangers of Anesthesia

Anesthesiologists implement anesthesia in an effort to eliminate the pain involved in certain surgical procedures. While this is a welcomed alternative, the dangers involved in its administration can be devastating. Essentially, it is a drug that controls a patient's life functions and ability to move and remember large blocks of time. Messing with the brain is always dangerous, and requires a highly-trained, competent anesthesiologist who is attentive, focused, and extremely cautious.

The three main types of anesthesia are general, regional, and local. Local anesthesia is intended for use in common elective procedures such as dental work to block the nerves to a specific part of the body. Regional anesthesia works similarly to local, except that it covers a larger portion of the body. With general anesthesia, a patient is rendered completely unconscious and wakes with no memory of the surgery taking place. Due to the implications of the drug, it must be administered with care.

Common errors in anesthesia implementation and monitoring include:

  • Over- or under-dosing
  • Damaging the teeth during intubation
  • Negligence in patient monitoring
  • Failure to recognize developing complications
  • Failure to properly monitor blood oxygen level
  • Inadequately instructing or preparing the patient for anesthesia
  • Failing to move the patient periodically to avoid damage to optic nerve

The Consequences of Negligence

Anesthesia errors are a serious and potentially deadly form of medical malpractice. It is crucial that anesthesiologists follow standard protocol and take any and all precautions to ensure that the patient is safe and healthy. A competent doctor will recognize complications and take immediate action to remedy them. Failure to do so can have devastating consequences on his or her patient and is grounds for a malpractice claim.

Anesthesiology errors can result in serious injuries, such as:

In some cases, anesthesiology malpractice can even cause death. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of an anesthesiologist, our team wants to fight for you. We are passionate advocates for victims of anesthesia errors and their families, because we believe that our medical professionals should be held to high standards. In fact, if your case involves a wrongful death, we won't stop with pursuing justice for you, but we will fight to have the hospital or anesthesiologist change their policies and procedures, in an effort to prevent anesthesia errors from tragically ending another life.

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Call The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. today to learn more about how we are prepared to make a difference in your case. If you or someone in your family was the victim of anesthesia malpractice, our medical malpractice attorney in Portland wants to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. We are committed to holding healthcare professionals throughout the state accountable for dangerous medical errors for your benefit and the benefit of future patients.

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