Anesthesia is an inherently risky part of any major medical procedure. The type of anesthesia that is appropriate will vary depending on the procedure being performed and needs of the patient. When an anesthesia error occurs a patient and their family should consider consulting a medical malpractice lawyer. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore anesthesia error attorneys have years of experience assisting victims who have been injured due to an anesthesiologist’s medical mistake.Pursuing Compensation for an Anesthesia Error
Anesthesia can be either local or general. Local anesthesia is administered to reduce or eliminate sensation in a specific area of the body, whereas general anesthesia induces an anesthetic condition across the whole body. Anesthesia errors can take place in a variety of ways, including:
- Administering the incorrect dosage of anesthesia (either too much or too little)
- Delaying the delivery of anesthesia
- Administering the wrong type of anesthesia
- Failing to monitor a patient properly
- Using defective medical equipment during the administration of anesthesia
Anesthesia errors are a common form of medical malpractice and occur when a health care professional is negligent in administering anesthesia. In order to establish a medical malpractice claim, the injured patient must prove that the health care professional violated the applicable standard of care. This generally will be found if the health care professional failed to use those practices and procedures in applying anesthesia that would be used by a medical professional who specializes in anesthesia under the same or similar circumstances, taking into account the patient’s specific situation. When a health care professional’s failure to adhere to the duty of care results in harm to a patient, he or she will likely be liable for medical malpractice. Defendants in these cases often include physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and emergency room physicians.
Victims of medical malpractice in Maryland can potentially seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, household services, and lost income. Non-economic damages encompass intangible losses such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. There is a limited amount of time in which a patient can make a medical malpractice claim against a medical professional. Failing to file your case within the statute of limitations could mean losing your right to seek compensation altogether. In Maryland, an injured patient has five years from the date that the injury occurred or three years from the date that the injury was discovered, whichever is shorter. Thus, is important to take action without delay.Enlist an Anesthesia Error Lawyer in Baltimore
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to an anesthesia error, we are ready to help. At Arfaa Law Group, our knowledgeable Baltimore personal injury attorneys will work diligently to pursue the compensation that you deserve. We proudly represent injured individuals and their families in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area who have who have suffered injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice. To discuss your case in more detail, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.