During surgery, a patient puts his life in the hands of just a few people. One of the people who has control over the life of the patient undergoing surgery is the anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist has the duty of making sure that the patient does not experience pain during the procedure. He must make sure that he administers the right dose of sedative to keep the patient unconscious but not to interfere with vital functions.
A small mistake can indeed lead to the death of the patient. It is very likely that this can lead to a Wisconsin wrongful death claim. A situation like this is not uncommon. In fact, there were more than 2,200 anesthesia deaths between 1999 and 2005. Anesthesia has been found to be the underlying cause of death in approximately 34 people every year in the United State, and a contributing factor in about 281 other deaths.
Some of the common ways a death is caused by an anesthesiologist are:
- Incorrect dosage. An anesthesiologist uses drugs that are very strong. A slight overdose of the drug can easily lead to death. This is the most common cause for death by an anesthesiologist.
- Wrong medicine. It is important to give each patient the correct type of anesthesia. The wrong anesthesia may lead to the wrong dose amount or an allergic reaction by the patient.
- Other factors. Administering anesthesia is a complicated practice. There are many factors that play into the safety of the patient. The slightest misstep by the anesthesiologist can easily lead to the death of the patient.
If you lost a loved one during a surgery or any other cause, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Contact a Milwaukee wrongful death attorney for a free case evaluation. Call 800-800-5678 to discuss you legal options.