When patients undergo certain medical procedures such as surgery, anesthesia plays a crucial role. Anesthesia should keep patients from feeling the pain of the procedure. However, anesthesia errors can occur. As a result of the error, a patient can suffer significant injuries such as brain damage.
A patient that has suffered an injury due to an anesthesia error can file a claim against the anesthesiologist or the hospital if the error was the result of medical malpractice. Pursuing the claim will require proving the liability of the anesthesiologist, hospital or both. You will need to present substantial evidence in order to back up your claim.
If you have been injured as a result of a suspected anesthesia error in Virginia, you should speak with a knowledgeable Virginia personal injury attorney at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC without delay. We can bring to your case more than 100 years of combined legal experience and a record of taking on the toughest cases – and winning. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
Anesthesia errors are a type of medical malpractice. While these errors can take many forms, the most common include:
When patients suffer harm due to these or other types of anesthesia errors, they may be eligible to file a claim against the anesthesiologist and/or hospital.
Unfortunately, anesthesia errors occur for many different reasons. Often, they are due to a health care professional’s negligence. Some of the most common causes of anesthesia errors are:
At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we can conduct a thorough investigation of your case in order to determine why the anesthesia occurred and to identify who should be held responsible for the harm that you have suffered.
Negligence in a medical malpractice claim refers to a medical professional’s failure to meet a reasonable standard of care when providing treatment to a patient. The review of a case involves determining whether a medical professional in the same field – for instance, an anesthesiologist – facing the same or similar circumstances would have acted in the same manner.
Generally, if a case involves an anesthesia error, the hospital may be subject to liability in addition to the anesthesiologist. The hospital could be liable if it employed the anesthesiologist. This is known as vicarious liability. In other words, employers can be held responsible for the actions or inactions of their employees. Additionally, if the anesthesia error was a result of defective equipment which the hospital failed to inspect or maintain, the hospital could be liable based on its own negligence.
Proving that an anesthesiologist or hospital was negligent and that you suffered injuries as a result, can be challenging. You must first establish the duty of care that the anesthesiologist and/or hospital owed to you such as advising you of fasting requirements before a procedure. You must then prove that the anesthesiologist and/or hospital staff breached this duty of care and that you suffered injuries as a result of this breach.
Some common types of evidence in anesthesia error cases are:
If you have suffered harm due to a suspected anesthesia error, you should speak with an experienced and dedicated Virginia medical malpractice attorney at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC as soon as possible. We are passionate about helping victims of anesthesia errors and helping them to pursue the compensation they deserve. Whether you are in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Norfolk or Richmond, we serve clients throughout Virginia. Contact us now for your free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.