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Anesthesia Errors and Medical Malpractice in New York

Feb 14, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

In a recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, it was revealed that each year, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients who go to the hospital for medical treatment suffer from some type of preventable harm that result in their premature death.

Additionally, reports have shown that between 2010 and 2013, there were 3 deaths per 10,000 procedures or surgeries involving anesthesia. While studies show that the rate of complications resulting from anesthesia errors has declined, there are still many cases that still occur, leading to injury or death.

Anesthesia Errors in Hospitals

There are many common medical errors in hospitals in New York, as well as other parts of the U.S., that result in serious injury, and even death. Anesthesia errors are one of these and they are usually more dangerous than surgical errors. When an anesthesiologist makes even a minor mistake, it can lead to brain damage, permanent injury or death. Medical malpractice can be committed by an anesthesiologist even before administering anesthesia by:

  • Failing to conduct thorough investigation of the medical history of the patient for any complications
  • Failing to provide the patient with proper information about the risks that he may be at if the preoperative instructions are not complied with, such as not eating for a certain time period before surgery

Some of the anesthesia errors that can occur during an operation include the following:

  • Giving excessive anesthesia to the patient
  • Failing to monitor the vital signs of the patient
  • Failing to properly intubate the patient – inserting a tube in the trachea for breathing assistance
  • Using defective equipment

Conditions Due to Anesthesia Errors

There are certain conditions that have been associated with anesthesia errors and which merit further investigation when they occur. These include:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Asphyxia
  • Coma
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis
  • Death

If you have suffered complications or serious injury due to a mistake made by an anesthesiologist before or during surgery, you may be legible to file a suit against that anesthesiologist or hospital. Before you do so, make sure that you have an attorney experienced in handling medical malpractice cases to represent you.

Cases that involve medical negligence are complex and often difficult to prove, which is why it is important to have a qualified and experienced lawyer. They are familiar with the complexities and procedures involved in medical malpractice cases and will make sure that every step of the process is properly and thoroughly done to ensure that your case is a successful one.

Get Legal Expertise in New York for Anesthesia Errors

If you or a loved one in New York has suffered injury due to an anesthesia error, you should immediately seek the help of the skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. You can bring your medical records and other related documents to us.

The first meeting with RMFW Law is free. In fact, we only take a percentage so in essence, you never have to write us a check. If your case is viable, we will plot out a strategy so we can come out on top. You will be kept informed for sure. What is your side of the story? Call us today!