Commonly, surgical errors involve problems with anesthesia delivery. Complications occur when anesthesiologists administer too much or too little general anesthesia or incorrectly insert a spinal block or epidural. Since our founding in 1950, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has helped patients and their families who have been harmed by the negligence of medical professionals responsible for their care.
Anesthesia has made it possible to perform complex surgeries on patients without inflicting excruciating pain and severe emotional distress. However, a patient who receives too little may remain awake during the procedure and experience every agonizing moment. The drugs that knock patients unconscious also paralyze muscles, rendering an inadequately anesthetized patient unable to move, speak or otherwise alert the surgical team of the problem. In addition to physical injuries caused by elevated stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure, patients often experience lifelong psychological consequences — including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and fear of undergoing future procedures.
If you have lived through the nightmare of a surgery performed with insufficient anesthesia, our lawyers help you recover damages for the emotional and physical trauma you suffered during your ordeal. Your case may involve multiple parties who failed to properly calculate the anesthesia dose and failed to actively monitor vital signs that would have indicated your distress.
Generally, a patient wakes up not long after the completion of surgery with a hangover that slowly wears off. A patient who receives an excessive dose of anesthesia, however, may never fully regain consciousness or may suffer permanent brain damage.
Our lawyers help you recover damages for pain, disability and emotional distress associated with a brain injury. We also represent families of patients who were left comatose or severely disabled by an anesthesia dosing error.
Spinal blocks and epidurals are often used in childbirth and in surgeries of the lower portion of the body. Although these methods minimize some of the risks associated with general anesthesia, spinal blocks and epidurals carry unique risks of their own — such as meningitis infections, allergic reactions, spinal nerve damage, difficulty urinating and post-dural puncture headaches (PDPH). Our medical malpractice attorneys demand that you be compensated for these preventable complications caused by an improperly inserted needle or tainted drugs.
Learn more about your rights to recover for injuries caused by negligent anesthesiologists. Call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973-366-3900 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We have offices in five locations, and serve clients throughout the state. A Spanish translator is available upon request.