According to the Daily Herald, a daughter re-filed a brain injury lawsuit on behalf of her mother against an anesthesiologist at Maury Regional Medical Center on January 7, 2011. Her mother was admitted to Maury Regional Medical Center to remove her gallbladder. Before the surgery began, the physician and his staff administered anesthesia. In general, anesthesia is administered through a tube inserted into the patient’s trachea. If the tube is inserted too deep, it may disrupt the patient’s ability to breath.
According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, while under anesthesia, the victim’s blood pressure and oxygen saturation dropped. Although the surgery was aborted, the woman came out of the surgery with severe brain damage. Tests performed after the surgery showed that the cause of the brain damage was a lack of oxygen to the brain. In Illinois, similar injury lawsuits are filed when victims are seriously hurt in motor vehicle accidents, falls, workplace accidents, and due to other types of medical negligence such as birth injury and medication errors. According to the American Society for Anesthesiologists, less than 1 in 200,000 healthy patients die due to anesthesia related reasons when an anesthesiologist is involved. Although the occurrence may seem rare, when an anesthesia related injury does occur it is the patient and the patient’s family who suffers most.
Chicago brain injury lawyers at Levin and Perconti are experienced in the complicated details of brain injury lawsuits. They have litigated many successful brain injury lawsuits to help families deal with the financial expense that result from medical malpractice. If you believe your family member may have been a victim of a medical malpractice brain injury, we may be able to help you seek justice.