Anesthesia Malpractice

anesthesia malpractice lawsuitAn anesthesia malpractice lawsuit fights for your rights in the event of anesthesia errors. These may occur due to hospital malpractice or doctor negligence, including anesthesiologist error. Sadly, anesthesia mistakes have very serious consequences that can affect victims for a lifetime – like permanent brain damage, paralysis, and even death.

How common are anesthesia errors?

The use of anesthesia is very common today, for everything from routine doctor’s office procedures to major surgery in hospitals. Thankfully, anesthesia errors are rare, accounting for about 1 in every 250,000 procedures. The risk posed by errors, however, is great. Hospital malpractice, doctor negligence or anesthesiologist error can result in severe health consequences – or end a life.

Types of anesthesia errors that may occur

There are various types of anesthesia error. The severity and permanence will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of anesthesia, anesthesiologist response, and level of medical care. Unfortunately, most are the result of medical negligence, meaning that a doctor or nurse is at fault for a patient’s injuries. Some of the most common types of errors include:

  • Damage to the veins, muscles or spinal cord
  • Improper intubation
  • Medication or prescription errors
  • Misread notes or instructions

Possible injuries from anesthesiologist malpractice

When an anesthesiologist makes an avoidable mistake, this is known as anesthesiologist malpractice. Because anesthesia involves a drug cocktail, specific errors and their effects are varied. Some of the most common injuries from anesthesia errors include:

  • Birth defects
  • Brain damage
  • Cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke
  • Coma
  • Inadequate oxygen supply
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tracheal damage
  • Wrongful death

Who can be held liable for anesthesia injuries?

Anesthesia error is often the result of combined mistakes. For example, if a nurse writes down a patient’s allergies and an anesthesiologist can’t read the nurse’s writing – and doesn’t request clarification before administering the medication, the burden of anesthesia error is on both parties. A NY medical malpractice lawsuit holds all involved parties liable for these mistakes. This can extend to nurses, physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and any other medical personnel involved in the injuries.

Anesthesia malpractice lawsuit eligibility

If you are the victim of anesthesiologist negligence, then you are eligible to file an anesthesia malpractice lawsuit. The key is in proving that an error actually occurred, and that you were injured as a result. It can be difficult to prove anesthesia error, since the victim is asleep at the time of the error. Nevertheless, your New York medical malpractice lawyer knows how to uncover – and prove – a mistake. This generally depends on surgeon and anesthesiologist notes from the procedure, and incorporates recognized knowledge about anesthesia error and its consequences. In addition to demonstrating that malpractice occurred, your attorney must also prove that your injuries are a direct and proximate result of that error.

Filing a NY medical malpractice lawsuit

The key to a successful anesthesia malpractice lawsuit is your attorney team. You must have an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer at your side – someone you trust with your medical history, and who you know will fight hard to secure the damages you deserve. That’s where The Sander’s Firm comes in. We have decades of combined experience in medical malpractice law, and we know how to get results.

And what do those results look like? In 2008, an Illinois jury awarded $10.5 million after a woman died from improper intubation during anesthesia. In 2011, a $2 million settlement was reached after a 36-year-old man died from breathing difficulties during anesthesia. Also in 2011, a California jury doled out a $2.25 million verdict for anesthesia error-turned-brain injury. Those millions have helped families survive the life-altering consequences of these very serious errors and resulting injuries.

If you are the victim of anesthesia error, you are entitled to compensation. Damages from successful litigation can help pay off past medical bills as well as future expenses, physical therapy, and other costs associated with your injuries. In the case of wrongful death, damages can help support the surviving family, pay funeral expenses, and compensate for other financial losses. Fight for your rights. Contact The Sanders Firm today for your free legal consultation. Call toll-free:  1.800 FAIR PLAY ( 800.324.7752)