Michigan Respiratory Problems From Anesthesia Lawyer

By interrupting the nerve signals sent by the brain through the body, anesthesia blocks pain and allows otherwise intolerable procedures to be performed. Unfortunately, anesthesia can place an exceptional strain on the respiratory system.

At the medical malpractice law firm of Sommers Schwartz, we have a dedicated team of anesthesia injury lawyers. Our attorneys work closely with injured patients and their families to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable. 

How Anesthesia Works:

Anesthesia can be administered through inhalable gas or an IV. Once the patient falls asleep, the anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist may place a breathing tube down the patient’s throat. The tube ensures the patient gets enough oxygen while their bodily reflexes are otherwise suppressed. 

Causes of Anesthesia-Related Respiratory Problems:

Respiratory problems are among the most common anesthesia-related injuries. They most often arise due to improper breathing tube placement or the interruption of nerve signals responsible for normal lung function. 

Some patients are at higher risk of experiencing anesthesia-related respiratory problems. Common risk factors for anesthesiologists to consider when determining a treatment plan include:

  • Obesity.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Pre-existing respiratory problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • A history of stroke.
  • Certain neurological disorders.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Allergies.
  • Heart disease.

Once a pre-anesthesia health screening is conducted, proper informed consent requires anesthesiologists to advise the patient of all risks, benefits, and alternate treatment options.

If you suffered respiratory problems during or after receiving anesthesia, your provider might be liable for your injuries. You can receive compensation for medical bills, lost time from work, and any emotional damages resulting from your injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Contact the Anesthesia Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Sommers Schwartz:

Our medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling complex respiratory injury claims. We can help you understand your options to make the best decision for yourself and your family. To learn more, call 800-783-0989 or reach us through our online form.

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