Anesthesia errors can often have tragic consequences for patients and families. These errors can cause long-term injuries and, in the most serious cases, even death. If you or someone close to you has suffered an adverse health consequence due to an anesthesia error, you need to speak to a Baltimore anesthesia malpractice lawyer who can advise you. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we understand how to navigate complex medical malpractice claims and can put our knowledge to use in your case. We know that there are few things that are more stressful than dealing with a medical injury, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from us throughout the entire legal process.Pursuing Compensation for an Anesthesia Error
The term anesthesia refers to a temporary, medically induced state that causes insensitivity to pain, amnesia, and decreased stress response. A number of surgical procedures necessitate the use of general anesthesia to render a patient unconscious or semi-conscious so that they do not feel any pain. Unfortunately, anesthesia errors are more common than you may think. A Columbia University study found that there are roughly 300 anesthesia-related deaths each year. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations found that 21,000 to 42,000 Americans go through anesthesia awareness each year – a situation in which the anticipated state of unconsciousness is not continued through the entire surgical procedure. Other types of anesthesia errors include:
- Dosage error (i.e., too much or too little of the anesthetic drug);
- Delayed anesthesia delivery;
- Failure to intubate or injuries caused during the intubation process;
- Failure to monitor a patient correctly;
- Administering anesthesia to a patient with allergies;
- Failure to diagnose problems;
- Improper use of equipment during surgery; or
- Defective medical devices or equipment used during anesthetic administration.
Anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice when they occur due to a medical professional’s preventable mistake. A medical malpractice claim based on an anesthesia error may be appropriate when a patient suffers unnecessary harm as a result of the error. In Maryland, medical malpractice occurs when an anesthesiologist fails to use the level of care that a reasonably competent anesthesiologist would have used under the same circumstances. An anesthesia malpractice attorney in the Baltimore area must establish that an anesthesiologist strayed from the appropriate level of care. Moreover, the plaintiff’s attorney must show that the anesthesiologist’s departure from the appropriate level of care was the direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.
It is important to note that not all adverse outcomes are results of medical malpractice. Some procedures are inherently risky and may have a negative result, no matter how careful or competent the health care professional was. As a result, medical malpractice hinges on the adverse consequence being a result of the medical professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care.
In Maryland, medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. Typically, a victim of medical malpractice has five years from the date that the malpractice occurred or three years from the date that the injury was discovered, whichever is earlier. If you fail to file within this deadline, you will likely be permanently barred from bringing a claim in the future.Contact a Skilled Baltimore Anesthesia Error Attorney
If you have been injured due to an anesthesia error, you should reach out to a medical malpractice attorney who can assess the details of your case. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we understand how daunting taking legal action can be after a medical injury, but we will make every effort to make the process as seamless as possible for you. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers serve people in Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. Call us toll-free at 800-810-6780 or contact us online for a free appointment with an anesthesia error lawyer in the Baltimore area.