A California jury has awarded $2.25 million in an anesthesia brain injury lawsuit. The suit charged both the anesthesiologist and the ambulatory care center with negligence.
Local media reported, “According to the malpractice lawsuit, the anesthesiologist had a history of walking out of the operating room while patients were under the effects of anesthesia. In this case, the complaint alleges that the plaintiff had a reaction to the anesthesia and went into a deeper level of sedation than intended. The plaintiff’s attorneys argued that the anesthesiologist either left the room or left the plaintiff unattended, during which time the patient stopped breathing.
The lack of oxygen caused the plaintiff to suffer an anoxic brain injury, also known as cerebral hypoxia or hypoxic-anoxic injury. It is a serious, life-threatening injury that can cause permanent cognitive damage and can disable the victim.”
Any medical procedure that requires anesthesia must be constantly monitored. Each patient reacts differently to the anesthesia and requires vigilant monitoring and adjustments. Any lack of monitoring or failure to adjust anesthesia may result in permanent neurological damage.
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