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Anesthesia errors can lead to brain injuries

The application of anesthesia must be handled delicately. Clearly the use of anesthesia has resulted in brain injuries for Pennsylvania patients and in most instances the harm could have been avoided.

Recently a woman from a nearby state underwent minor surgery and now asserts that she suffered cognitive disabilities as a result of the use of anesthesia. She has since settled her lawsuit with the physician, the hospital and surgical facility for $851,000.

The woman in question was only 20-years old. She was to undergo surgery to remove abnormal cells from her cervix. She was administered deep sedation, but during the procedure suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest that resulted in brain injury. Such injury she claims has affected nearly every aspect of her life including her ability to work and to form relations with others.

The injured woman complained that the physicians did not comprehend the severity of the sickle cell disease from which she suffered. If they would have diagnosed her condition correctly, she states that they would not have sedated her as deeply as they did. Also, no anesthesiologist was present to supervise the administration of the anesthesia and its unknown who actually made the decision to administer deep sedation.

Proving such claims can prove difficult. It was debated as to just how much application of the anesthesia actually contributed to the woman's cognitive impairment, but the allegations were significant enough that the hospital did settle the suit. Attorneys experienced in handling such kinds of medical malpractice claims can ensure that proper compensation is awarded for these kinds of injuries. Brain injuries due to application of anesthesia are often extremely severe and can lead to a lifetime of brain damage and disability.

Source: Outpatient Surgery, "Anesthesia Complication Lawsuit Settled for $851k," March 2, 2012

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