Anesthesia Accidents

When a patient undergoes surgery, an anesthesiologist is responsible for ensuring the patient receives the correct type and dose of anesthesia for the procedure. Anesthesia may be administered locally, or as a general medication that affects the entire body. It can be given alone, or in combination with sedation. When anesthesia accidents occur in the operating room, they may be due to any of the following:

  • Failure to provide patient with proper instructions prior to surgery
  • Providing wrong dosage of anesthesia
  • Lack of proper monitoring during surgery
  • Administering anesthesia too soon or too late
  • Mechanical failure of surgical equipment

When these mistakes occur, a patient may be seriously injured by errors in the operating rooms. In worse case scenarios, patients may even die at the hands of an anesthesiologist who is not handing the procedure properly. Patients may contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer for the following types of injuries related to anesthesia accidents:

  • Brain Damage
  • Heart Attack and Stroke
  • Nerve Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
  • Awareness of Surgery
  • Organ Failure
  • Death

The Sanders Firm handles all types of lawsuits involving medical negligence in New York, including anesthesia accidents. Our team understands how catastrophic these injuries can be, leaving some unable to work and support their families, or participate in activities they enjoyed before their accident. Some have even died on the operating table, leaving a grieving family to pick up the pieces and find a way to support themselves financially after their loss.

Liability for medical negligence in New York

Estimates suggest that thousands may be injured by anesthesia accidents in the U.S. each year. Anesthesiologists are held to a particular standard of care, which includes dosage, administration and monitoring the patient for potential complications. Hospitals are also responsible for ensuring their equipment is up to date and working properly, to prevent potential malfunctions that may endanger the patient. If equipment breakdown is the cause of anesthesia accidents, the manufacturer of the device can also be held accountable for the accident by a competent New York medical malpractice lawyer.

Medical negligence in New York is subject to a statute of limitations, meaning injured patients may have a set amount of time after an injury in which to consult a New York medical malpractice lawyer. That time frame may vary somewhat, based on the type of accident that occurs and the injuries that result. If a patient believes his injuries were due to medical malpractice or other medical negligence, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible, to ensure there is sufficient time to file a case.

Consulting a New York medical malpractice lawyer

If you have been the victim of medical negligence in New York, it is important to consult a New York medical malpractice lawyer experienced in this type of litigation. The Sanders Firm pursue cases of anesthesia accidents in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, Queens or Staten Island. Our team offers a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to help you determine whether you have grounds for a legitimate malpractice lawsuit in the city. Contact our experienced staff today at 1.800.FAIR.PLAY (800.324.7752).