What to Know About Anesthesiologist Negligence

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If your anesthesiologist has acted negligently by improperly administrating anesthesia, leading to your direct injuries, you may be able to take legal action by filing a medical malpractice claim against your anesthesiologist. To learn more, continue reading and contact our New York City anesthesia error attorney.

What are the different types of anesthesia?

There are four primary categories of anesthesia. They are as follows:

  • Local anesthesia: Local anesthesia is used for minor procedures to solely numb the area undergoing surgery.
  • Regional anesthesia:聽Regional anesthesia numbs certain parts of the body. This is typically seen with spinal or epidural anesthesia. Regional anesthesia is often required for childbirth or c-sections.
  • General anesthesia:聽General anesthesia puts the person undergoing surgery to sleep when they enter surgery. This is used for invasive surgeries.
  • Conscious sedation: Conscious sedation relaxes the patient so that they are less aware of the procedure.

What risks are associated with anesthesia?

Complications may arise due to anesthesia from the following negligent acts by an anesthesiologist:

  • Unsuitable monitoring
  • Improper dosage
  • Inadequate communication among medical teams
  • Mixing up a patient鈥檚 chart with another patient
  • Failure to evaluate a patient鈥檚 health and medical history

The following complications can arise due to anesthesiologist negligence:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Heart attacks
  • Brain damage
  • Stroke
  • Death

Can I take legal action against an anesthesiologist for medical malpractice?

If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice due to an anesthesiologist error, you must retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can assist you with the legal process ahead. Your attorney will work to prove that the anesthesiologist was your doctor, meaning they owed you a duty of care. Your attorney will then establish that the anesthesiologist breached the duty of care, resulting in your direct damages and injuries.

If you are planning to open a medical malpractice claim, it is important that you know the statute of limitations. You will have two and a half years from the date of your incident to file your medical malpractice claim in New York. Failure to file your claim within the allotted time may result in you being barred from suing. To get started with this process today, give our New York City medical malpractice attorney a call. Our legal team will do everything in our power to achieve a positive outcome for your case. Contact us when you are ready to begin this process.


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.聽Contact our firm today.