A $2.25 million jury verdict has been awarded to a man in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a surgery center and an anesthesiologist. According to the lawsuit, the man suffered a brain injury due to a lack of oxygen after receiving too much anesthesia during an eye surgery.
Anesthesia is a significant part of pain management. While undergoing surgery or when a patient suffers severe pain, anesthesia is a valuable tool to reduce and eliminate pain. Anesthesiologists are specially trained to administer certain drugs - its use is generally safe and effective. However, when medical errors occur causing an anesthesia injury, the results can be devastating.
Here, a man went into a surgery center to have an eye lens replaced with an artificial lens. During the surgery, the anesthesiologist allegedly left the room or failed to adequately monitor the patient. The man then had a reaction to the anesthesia and became more sedated than anticipated. He suffered a life-threatening brain injury potentially causing permanent cognitive damage. The man settled with the anesthesiologist but continued to trial against the medical center.