Let our Lawyer-Doctor Determine Whether You Can Recover Damages for Anesthesia Errors in New Jersey

Advocating for injured patients and their families since 1976

Anesthesia is truly a modern miracle; it allows doctors to perform surgeries that would otherwise be impossible because the patient would feel excruciating pain, might move during the procedure and could be psychologically traumatized. When anesthesia is improperly administered, however, patients risk serious injuries.

Since our founding in 1976, Seigel Law has helped numerous patients and their families through the difficult time following an anesthesia error. Our lawyers represent clients who sustained injuries in hospitals throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.

We candidly answer your medical malpractice questions  and expressly advise you on next steps and potential outcomes. If your family member has died or become incapacitated by injuries, our medical malpractice team brings claims on your behalf for the losses you personally suffered because of the negligence of the doctors and the hospital.

How anesthesia works

General anesthesia involves these elements:

  • Amnesia to help you forget the experience
  • Hypnosis to cause sedation
  • Analgesia to render pain relief
  • Areflexia to keep your muscles from moving

The anesthesiologist must make accurate calculations regarding how much of the drugs to give you based on such factors as your weight and the length of the surgery. The surgical team must also monitor your vital signs to gauge whether you are being given the correct amount of anesthesia at the appropriate rate.

Anesthesia overdose and toxicity

When too much anesthesia is administered, the patient’s heart rate slows down and blood pressure drops to potentially fatal levels. Sadly, these patients may never wake up from surgery. For those patients who survive, overdose can result in severe brain damage and other debilitating central nervous system injuries.

Waking up during surgery

Too little anesthesia can wear off, allowing a patient to regain consciousness in the middle of an operation. In some cases, the patient feels pain and is aware of everything that is happening, but is paralyzed and unable to alert the surgeons. An anesthesiologist who is not properly monitoring the patient may miss the warning signs, or equipment defects might cause the patient’s increased heart rate and blood pressure to not be noticed.

Recover for anesthesia errors

Seigel Law handles PI and medical malpractice recovery exclusively. Call our firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary initial appointment with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood office located in northern New Jersey. Our attorneys can also schedule your appointment in your home or at the hospital. Our contingency arrangement means you owe no attorney fees unless we recover damages.