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Can Massachusetts residents be hurt by anesthesia errors?


Modern day medicine, in comparison to the medical world of 100 years ago, is nothing short of miraculous. X-rays can help Massachusetts doctors see broken bones, CAT scans can give a better view of internal organs and surgical robots can make surgeries less intrusive. Though these medical advances are beneficial for the vast majority of patients, they are not without their dangers, and those who are wrongly hurt should not be forgotten.

Take, for example, anesthesia. This medical tool can knock patients unconscious and numb those to what could otherwise be excruciating pain during an operation. It is very useful for doctors and convenient for patients. Yet, some factors can give rise to complications, including death. Amongst the risk factors associated with complications are sleep apnea, obesity, diabetes, smoking, certain medication use, drug allergies and high blood pressure. Therefore, doctors and nurses should ensure they take and fully consider your medical history before administering anesthesia.

Yet, even when an accurate medical history is obtained and is given proper consideration, an anesthesia error can occur, resulting in a heart attack, lung infection, stroke or even death. Though these instances may occur relatively infrequently, they should not be swept under the rug. Instead, if you are hurt by this type of negligence, then you should consider taking legal action to ensure your legal rights are protected and to fight to make yourself whole again.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is often the best route to achieve this. A successful claim, whether traveling the negotiation and settlement or the litigation route, may bring you compensation to help pay your medical expenses, recoup your lost wages and ease your pain and suffering. Nonetheless, every case is unique and requires individual consideration. So, speaking with a legal professional about your case before moving forward may be extremely beneficial.

Source: MayoClinic.org, "General anesthesia," accessed on Sept. 12, 2015

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