Risks of Anesthesia Awareness: Waking Up in Surgery
Anesthesia awareness is a particularly scary type of anesthesia error or anesthesia complication and is a real nightmare come true scenario, literally waking up in the middle of a medical procedure. It's extremely rare but it can happen if a medical provider administers an insufficient dose of anesthesia or if equipment malfunctions.
When anesthesia awareness occurs because of anesthesia errors it can be a horrifying experience. Often, the patient is paralyzed, feels helpless and is unable to speak when they become aware of what is happening. The patient may even experience the extreme pain of surgery.
The experience can be so emotionally traumatic that anesthesia errors or anesthesia complications that cause awareness can lead to a variety of medical and psychological conditions, including:
- PTSD or Post-traumatic stress disorder;
- anxiety disorders; and
- sleep problems.
It's important to understand that in some cases, the patient wakes up only because they react unexpectedly to medication or their condition is so severe they are given a light dose on purpose. But when the anesthesia awareness occurred as the result of an error by the medical staff, you may be eligible to recover damages by filing a Georgia medical malpractice claim. To be sure of your options, you'll want to speak with a Fayetteville medical malpractice attorney.
Contacting a Fayetteville Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one were the victim of anesthesia complications or anesthesia errors and you are thinking about filing a Georgia medical malpractice claim, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn't you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case - 404-474-0804.
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