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Anesthesia Allergies can Cause Serious Injury

Anesthesia Allergies can Cause Serious Injury

Local anesthesia is a fundamental part of modern medicine, allowing patients to be relatively comfortable during procedures that would otherwise be extremely painful. It is used to numb part of the body and is generally employed in minor surgeries, certain exploratory procedures, caesarean sections, and oral procedures, just to name a few. While allergies to common local anesthetic agents are rare, they do exist, and physicians and anesthesiologists should always ask a patient whether they are aware of any allergies and carefully observe a patient to determine whether any signs of an allergic reaction are occurring. When these reactions are caught early, they can often be stopped without any long-term damage. When they are not, they could potentially leave victims with serious medical complications. Consequently, anyone who has been injured by an anesthesia allergy should have their claim reviewed by an experienced lawyer immediately.

What to do if have an allergic reaction to anesthesia

If you are undergoing a medical procedure, it is important to communicate openly with the medical professionals that are treating you. While you may be embarrassed or hesitant to discuss your anxieties or discomfort, it could very well prevent serious injury from occurring. If you suspect that you may be having an allergic reaction to local anesthesia:

  • Tell your doctor – If something does not feel “right,” tell your physician immediately. Chances are it is a normal side-effect, but your physician should be aware of how the anesthetic is affecting you.
  • Request a copy of your medical records – As a patient, you have a right to your medical record. If you believe you have had an allergic reaction, request a copy of these records. They will contain detailed information about your treatment and may help your lawyer determine whether you have a claim.
  • Talk to a lawyer – If you believe that you have a claim, you should talk to a lawyer familiar with handling California medical malpractice claims. He or she will evaluate the strength of your case and ensure that you receive fair compensation if you have a valid legal claim.

Contact a Sacramento medical malpractice attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation

Anesthesiologists and other medical professionals have a duty to inquire regarding medical allergies and to be aware of and looking for signs of allergies should they occur. People who have suffered harm because of a known or unknown allergy to anesthesia are often entitled to significant financial compensation. For 40 years, the lawyers of the Teal Law Group have been representing the legal rights of individuals injured by the negligence of medical professionals. To discuss your case with an experienced Sacramento medical malpractice lawyer, call our office today at 916-472-0003 or send us an email through our online contact form.