New York Anesthesia Errors Attorney
Surgeries are complicated, with many moving parts that must work together for successful treatments. If someone in the operating room is negligent and makes anesthesia errors, it could lead to a serious mistake and life-changing injuries for the patient. At Fiedler Deutsch, LLP, our medical malpractice lawyers help you with surgical error lawsuits, including anesthesia errors. Contact us for a free consultation if you or a loved one has injuries from an anesthesia error in New York State.
Why Injured Patients Trust Fiedler Deutsch, LLP
- We have relationships with top medical experts in every field and specialty.
- We have recovered millions of dollars for patients during malpractice claims.
- We use an aggressive approach to medical malpractice law, including going to trial when necessary.
- We have earned a reputation for resolving cases successfully and expeditiously for our clients.
- We do not charge unless we recover.
What Are Anesthesia Errors? How Do They Happen?
Anesthesia is a medication that places a patient in an unconscious or semi-unconscious state for surgical procedures. Anesthesiologists have to carefully mix drug cocktails suited for each patient and procedure. It is an anesthesiologist’s responsibility to look into a patient’s medical history, understand his or her drug allergies, create the right mixture based on factors such as age and weight, and monitor a patient throughout surgery for issues. If an anesthesiologist is negligent or careless in any of his or her duties of care, the patient can suffer life-threatening health consequences.
Some examples of anesthesia errors:
- Incorrect anesthesia mixture
- Failure to check the patient’s background
- Wrong dosage – too little or too much anesthesia
- Intubation errors and related injuries
- Failure to manage the patient’s vital signs and oxygenation
- Failure to communicate vital signs to a surgeon
An anesthesia error can lead to serious patient injuries and deaths. One of the most common outcomes is permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen flowing to the brain during surgery. Another possible issue is anesthesia awareness, where a patient is aware of the surgery happening and can feel sensations during the operation, but cannot move or speak. This can be very traumatic for the patient. If you or someone you love experienced any type of anesthesia error in New York, contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys today.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim in New York
You may have the right to file a medical malpractice claim in New York after an anesthesia error if you or your attorney can prove that the anesthesiologist owed you a duty of care, breached this duty negligently, caused your injuries and gave you compensable losses. Your lawyer will need to establish that the anesthesiologist during your surgery committed an action or omission that a prudent anesthesiologist would not have in the same situation and that this caused your injuries.
Before the courts will agree to hear your medical malpractice case, it will check to see if you filed within or outside of your statute of limitations. In New York State, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice lawsuits is two and a half years from the date of the malpractice, in most cases. There is an exception for cases involving retained foreign bodies after surgery. New York law gives victims one year from the date of discovery to file these types of claims.
Contact an Anesthesia Errors Attorney
Do not wait to contact an anesthesia error attorney in New York after discovering a problem during you or a loved one’s surgery. We are here to support you through this process. Contact Fiedler Deutsch, LLP for a free consultation. We also respond promptly to phone calls at (914) 993-0393.