One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is injury arising from anesthesia errors. Anesthesia, or the preparatory medical treatment that brings a patient to a temporary, medically-induced state to reduce or prevent pain during a medical procedure, is administered by an anesthesiologist, doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner authorized to administer anesthetic drugs to a patient. These experts are bound to exercise a high degree of diligence in performing this treatment (and any other medical procedure for that matter). If the patient experiences unnecessary harm due to the misadministration of anesthesia, they are allowed by law to hold the concerned medical staff member or members liable for the injury.


Anesthesia error as a form of medical malpractice occurs differently in particular circumstances. For instance, anesthesia error occurs when the medical practitioner misuses equipment or uses defective equipment due to the lack of diligent inspection before administering anesthesia. It can also arise in administering an incorrect anesthesia drug or drug dosage.

While it is also possible that the result is caused by something other than human error or incompetence, many of these instances of an anesthesia error, regrettably, result from negligence by the medical practitioner or practitioners.

The following are some of the most common types of anesthesia errors arising from human negligence or incompetence:

  • Administering too much or too little of the anesthetic drug or drugs

  • Administering an incorrect anesthesia drug or drugs

  • Delay in the administration of anesthesia

  • Failure to prevent anesthesia interactions with other drugs (such as prescription drugs)

  • Lack of proper instructions to the patient before the administration of anesthesia (such as those relating to food or liquid intake)

  • Failure to properly monitor the patient during and after the administration and medical procedure

  • Usage of defective medical equipment or misuse of medical equipment during the administration of anesthesia


Bringing a claim against a medical professional for an alleged anesthesia error is not easy. For one, the injured party must sufficiently prove that the anesthesia error proximately causes the harm suffered by him or her. You must also show that the error was due to the fault of the defendant—that is, that the medical practitioner or practitioners whom the claim is being made against fell below the standard of care.

To emphasize what was already mentioned earlier, anesthesiologists, doctors, nurses, and any medical practitioner authorized to administer anesthetic drugs to a patient are under a duty to exercise a high degree of diligence in performing medical procedures such as the administration of anesthetic drugs. In a case involving anesthesia error, it is incumbent upon these medical professionals to prove that they were, in fact, exercising the diligence required during the procedure.

If you are in Kansas City or any of its surrounding areas and believe you have a potential medical malpractice case involving anesthesia error, let Pospisil Swift provide you with a highly qualified and competent anesthesia error lawyer to handle your case. With years of experience and accumulated knowledge in medical malpractice and other personal injury claims and cases, Pospisil Swift is your best option in Kansas, Missouri, and nearby areas to assist you and professional help in your predicament.

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