While the invention of modern anesthesia revolutionized surgery, it can still pose a threat to the patients who undergo it. When an anesthesiologist makes a mistake, the results can be devastating and the patient can suffer permanent injury or death. As a result, anesthesiologists have a duty of care to take strict precautions-such as carefully reviewing the patient's medical history-before putting the patient under. When a doctor fails to take the right precautions, and a patient suffers an injury or dies, the victim or their family may be able to file a lawsuit for damages. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York anesthesia accidents attorneys have experience assisting victims who have suffered an unnecessary injury due to an anesthesia accident. Our lawyers will review the medical records surrounding our client's injury to determine if there are grounds for a lawsuit. If there are sufficient grounds, we will pursue maximum compensation for our client to help them get there life back on the right track.
Have you or someone you love suffered an injury due to the error of an anesthesiologist? If so, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call 212.406.1700 or contact us online. Our cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis. If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages.Common Causes of Anesthesia Problems
In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, the injured patient must be able to prove that the anesthesiologist breached their duty of care. A duty of care is a legal obligation that a medical professional has to take certain precautions that another competent professional in the same field would take. When a medical professional violates their duty of care, and it causes the patient injury, they may be liable for any damages the patient suffers.
Anesthesiologists may have acted negligently if the patient's injury was caused by any of the following:
- Dosage errors
- Equipment malfunction
- Delayed delivery
- Failure to intubate
- Failure to monitor
- Negligent operation of equipment
- Giving anesthesia to a patient with an allergy
- Drug interactions
The results of the aforementioned anesthesia errors can cause debilitating injuries. Depending on the type of error, a patient may suffer injuries such as:
- Brain damage from lack of oxygen
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Awareness during surgery
- Heart attack
- Birth injuries and defects
Individuals who have suffered any of these injuries may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the anesthesiologist and their staff. Victims may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, high medical bills not covered by insurance, and pain and suffering. If the victim died due to an anesthesia error, their family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages. In a wrongful death lawsuit, families of deceased victims may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.The Cost to Patients Who Suffered Anesthesia Errors
The cost of caring for a disabled patient can be enormous. Medical bills following an anesthesia error can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our attorneys realize that victims of anesthesia malpractice may be forced to face considerable financial strain. As a result, our attorneys thoroughly investigate all of our clients' claims. We hire medical experts to review the records surrounding the injury and use the information we obtain to pursue maximum compensation. Our process has led to a number of favorable verdicts and settlements, including a $2.35 million recovery for a wrongful death case.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to an anesthesia error, you may have legal recourse. For a free, no obligation, review of your legal options, call 212.406.1700 or contact us online. Our attorneys will review your case to see how we they be able to assist you.