Medical malpractice involving anesthesia accounts for several of the malpractice cases in the United States each year. When any medical or dental procedure involves anesthesia, the risks involved with surgery greatly increase. More often than not, the anesthesia is more dangerous to the patient than the surgeon’s scalpel. There is little room for error in any medical situation involving anesthesia, which is why allegations of medical malpractice are so common. The New York anesthesia malpractice attorneys at our law firm represent many women and men who have been harmed while they were under anesthesia or because of adverse effects of the anesthesia.
Anesthesiology Medical Malpractice Statistics
The following U.S. statistics provide a clear picture of just how frequent medical malpractice involving anesthesia really is:
- Last year, approximately 467 medical malpractice payments were made due to anesthesia-related malpractice
- In 2002, the mean medical malpractice payment made due to anesthesia-related malpractice was more than $330,000
- Almost 6,000 anesthesia-related medical malpractice payments were made from 1990-2002
Those impacted by these claims should seek with a New York City anesthesia malpractice lawyer as soon as they can.
Consulting With a New York City Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyer
Anesthesia medical malpractice cases are not limited to anesthesiologists since many other medical practitioners administer sedatives and anesthetics. Potential defendants in anesthesia-related medical malpractice cases can include anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurses, surgeons, doctors, dentists, and residents. Demonstrating the negligence of the anesthesiologist or anesthesia staff is extremely difficult because the plaintiff is often unconscious or sedated at the time of the malpractice. In many cases, unreliable and scant records are the only source of information describing what actually happened. Because you or your loved one is sedated or unconscious at the time the anesthesia malpractice occurs, it is imperative to preserve a record of what happened before, during, and after the procedure.
Handling personal injury cases that arise from anesthesia medical malpractice requires the skill of experienced New York anesthesia malpractice attorneys. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. to schedule an initial consultation. Our attorneys serve clients in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.