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Error during surgery could induce coma

When a patient must undergo surgery, his or her life is literally in the hands of the attending doctor and staff. In most cases, everything goes as planned and the patient receives a proper medical attention. Unfortunately, sometimes surgical errors occur that lead to tragic results.

In a recent post on this blog, we discussed the critical role of the anesthesiologist in the surgical process. In that post, we mention that if the anesthesiologist fails to perform his or her tasks correctly, a patient's brain may be deprived of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation can cause a patient to experience a condition known as hypoxia, which can be extremely serious and even fatal.

It is possible that a patient who suffers from hypoxia could lapse into a coma. There are a number of different kinds of comas, each with their own set of possible causes and outcomes. Two of the most severe types of comas are persistent vegetative state and brain death.

If a patient suffers a persistent vegetative state coma, he or she will be trapped in a deep state of unconsciousness. When such is the case, the patient may eventually regain consciousness, but will have no other brain function. Those who suffer a brain death coma experience a complete shutdown of brain function.

It can be so very hard for the loved ones of someone who becomes comatose due to errors made during a surgical procedure. Not only has the family essentially lost a member, but they are faced with difficult decisions regarding care and treatment. Moreover, they may be left searching for answers as to how such a tragedy could have occurred.

If a member of your family has suffered a catastrophic brain injury while undergoing surgery, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to act on your behalf in holding those responsible, liable. The attorney could access your love one's medical records in an attempt to discover exactly what happened. Additionally, the attorney can work to ensure that your family receives a level of compensation appropriate to your circumstances.

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