Can I Sue an Anesthesiologist for Medical Malpractice?

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Anesthesiologists are highly specialized in administering anesthesia. They are educated specifically to prepare this source for their patients. Anesthesiologists are trusted with their judgment and skills. They need to determine the necessary dosage based on the person who is undergoing surgery. They will determine this based on the patient’s weight, height, and other factors. Being negligent as an anesthesiologist can be considered medical malpractice. If you have been injured as a result of improper administration of anesthesia, reach out to our experienced medical malpractice attorney today to fight for the compensation you deserve. Continue reading to answer any questions you might have about suing an anesthesiologist for medical malpractice.

What categories of anesthesia are there?

There are three primary categories or types of anesthesia:

  • Local anesthesia: Used for minor procedures to solely numb the area undergoing surgery.
  • Regional anesthesia: Used to numb certain parts of the body, typically done with epidural or spinal anesthesia. Regional anesthesia is often required for c-sections or childbirth.
  • General anesthesia: Designed to put the person undergoing surgery to sleep when entering surgery. General anesthesia is used for invasive surgeries.
  • Conscious sedation: Medication that relaxes the patient. Conscious sedation will make the person less aware of the procedure.

What risks are associated with anesthesia?

It is possible that anesthesia complications may result from the following potentially negligent acts:

  • Improper dosage
  • Improper monitoring
  • Poor communication among medical teams
  • Mixing up a patient’s chart with another patient
  • Failure to assess a patient’s health and medical history

Unfortunately, anesthesia can result in complications due to the negligence of the anesthesiologist. Some of those complications might include the following:

  • Stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Heart attacks
  • In the most severe cases, death

How can I sue a negligent anesthesiologist for medical malpractice?

You must first retain the services of an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney to sue a negligent anesthesiologist. Your attorney must prove that the anesthesiologist was your doctor, therefore owing you a duty of care. The attorney will then establish that the anesthesiologist in question breached the duty of care resulting in your direct injuries or damages as a result. It is also important to note that you will have 2.5 years from the date of your incident to file a medical malpractice claim. Do not wait longer than the allotted time to take legal action to avoid being barred from suing. Contact our firm today to get started. We want to fight for the compensation you deserve.


At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.