For a surgery to proceed successfully, everyone in the room has to do their job properly. Anesthesiologists have an important role to play during surgery.
One single anesthesia error can jeopardize the patient’s health and life. If you were harmed because of a serious anesthesia error, you may have the right to financial compensation to cover your losses.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers have been working to protect victims of negligence for decades. Between us, we have over 100 years of experience getting clients the compensation they need.
If you suspect you were the victim of an anesthesia error during surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Call an experienced Baltimore anesthesia error lawyer for a free consultation today.
We would be happy to review your case and discuss your options.
How Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help if I Was Harmed by an Anesthesia Error?
When you undergo surgery, you put an enormous amount of trust in the surgeons and doctors responsible for your care. Surgical professionals who make mistakes should be held accountable. However, getting fair compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit is an extremely complex process.
Baltimore hospitals and doctors hire teams of attorneys to protect themselves. That can make it much more difficult to get what you need.
Hiring a lawyer who understands the process evens the score. Our Baltimore personal injury lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. will:
Assess Your Damages
Before making a claim for compensation, it’s important to assess the full extent of your damages. That means working with experts to find out how your injuries might impact your life in the future. That way, we can make a single claim to cover all of your past, current and future needs.
Get the Evidence You Need
Not all anesthesia errors are malpractice. Proving that a surgical error was serious enough to constitute medical negligence can be very difficult. Fortunately, our lawyers know how to get the evidence you need to prove your claim.
To establish malpractice, you have to show:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care
- Someone made a mistake, thus breaching that duty of care
- The mistake was unreasonable–in other words, a competent doctor would not have made the same mistake under the circumstances
- The mistake caused you to suffer harm
- The extent of the harm, expressed as a dollar amount
The first step in our investigation is identifying the mistake that caused your harm. We’ll work with experts, review your medical records, and interview witnesses to find out what happened.
Our primary goal is to get you the money you need. We serve clients in Baltimore and across Anne Arundel County–and we’re ready to go to work for you.
Negotiate With the Insurance Company
Health care professionals and hospitals are covered by medical malpractice insurance. The doctor who made the mistake almost never has to pay. That doesn’t mean it will be easy to get the insurance company to give you a fair settlement. It’s up to your lawyers to push back against lowball settlement offers.
Our lawyers have a reputation for winning fair settlements and verdicts for clients harmed by malpractice. We’ll use our track record of success to your advantage.
If you’ve suffered because of an anesthesia error and are interested in learning more about how we can help, call our law firm today for a free consultation.
Understanding the Anesthesiologist’s Role
To the untrained eye, it might seem like the anesthesiologist has the easiest job in the operating room. The anesthesiologist’s job is to keep the patient unconscious, unaware, and/or pain-free during a surgical procedure. The anesthesiologist also monitors vital functions and blood/fluids during surgery.
The process of administering anesthesia is actually much more complex than it appears.
First, the anesthesiologist must determine the degree of sedation required. Anesthesia can be local, regional, or general–usually depending upon the type of surgery involved. The type of drug and method of administration must also be selected. For example, the anesthesiologist may administer:
- Relaxants, to keep the patient’s muscles relaxed during the procedure
- A hypnotic
- Analgesics (pain-reducing drugs)
- Inhalational anesthetics
- Intravenous anesthetics
The drugs must be administered in the exact right dosages, at precisely the right time. The correct combination of drugs will depend upon a number of factors, including the patient’s prior history, the surgical procedure involved, the patient’s general health, and more.
A Patient’s History Can Be Key to Preventing Anesthesia Errors
It’s important that the anesthesiologist obtain a complete patient history in order to make sure the anesthesia is administered correctly.
The anesthesiologist should ask about:
- Drug or alcohol use
- Past reactions to anesthesia
- Current herbal supplements and vitamins
- Any allergies
- Prescription medications
- Pre-existing conditions
- Family history
- And more
Overlooking one simple issue when getting the patient’s history can lead to tragedy. If you were harmed because of an anesthesia error at a Baltimore medical facility, call us today to explore your options for holding your doctor accountable.
Examples of Anesthesia Errors
Doctors are human like anyone else–and not every patient can be saved. Not every bad outcome gives the patient the right to sue for malpractice. Some errors are so surprising that they give the patient the right to pursue compensation for the incompetent care received.
Examples of potentially actionable anesthesia errors include:
- Administering the wrong dose of anesthesia
- Providing insufficient anesthesia, so that the patient becomes aware during surgery
- Failing to properly monitor the patient
- Failing to take a complete medical history
- Failure to take any adverse drug interactions into account
- Improperly intubating the patient
- Failure to give appropriate post-operative instructions
- Failure to follow up
- Failure to communicate effectively during surgery
- Defects in the medical equipment used
- Delayed administration of anesthesia
Every anesthesiologist, doctor, and surgeon is held to a standard of care. That standard of care varies based upon the person’s qualifications and role. If the anesthesia error deviated from the medical standard of care, you may have the right to sue for damages.
In cases involving medical negligence, it can be difficult for the patient to identify the mistake. Our lawyers have been successfully helping clients in similar positions for decades. We know where to look for evidence and the right questions to ask.
To speak with a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer, just call our law offices for a free consultation today.
Common Anesthesia-Related Injuries
Anesthesia errors cause serious and even fatal injuries. One simple mistake can leave you facing a lifetime of challenges–and medical professionals should be held accountable for those mistakes.
Examples of the types of serious injuries that anesthesia errors can cause include:
- Brain damage
- Heart attack
- Spinal cord injuries
- Trachea damage
- Organ failure
- Wrongful death
Any of these injuries can cause a host of secondary medical conditions. When you’re facing extensive rehabilitation and ongoing treatment costs, you deserve to be compensated for your doctor’s mistake. To learn more about what we can do to protect your rights, call William G. Kolodner, P.A. for a free consultation.
Understanding the Time Limits for Filing a Complaint
If you or a loved one are recovering from a serious injury, filing a lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind. However, if you don’t act quickly enough, you could lose your right to compensation.
Under Maryland Courts & Judicial Proceedings Code Section 5-109, most victims of medical negligence have five years to sue for damages. If you didn’t immediately know that your injuries were caused by the anesthesia error, the statute of limitations is extended. You then have three years from the date you discovered the error to file a medical malpractice claim.
Remember, you’re more likely to get a full settlement if we get the evidence we need quickly. Over time, people tend to forget–and documents can be misplaced. Give us a call today so that we can start the process even while you recover.
How Much is Your Medical Malpractice Case Worth?
It’s always difficult to put a dollar value on an injury case until we know the details. In general, if your injuries are permanent or require significant ongoing care, your settlement award will be higher.
Our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys at William G. Kolodner, P.A. will fight to get money for your:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Nursing care, including in-home aides
- Modifications to your home and vehicle
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- And more
An anesthesia error can fundamentally change your life. You might have to find a new line of work–or you might never be able to work again. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you get justice in the form of financial compensation.
Contact an Experienced Baltimore Anesthesia Error Lawyer To Discuss Your Options
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our attorneys have decades of experience helping clients with challenging and complex medical error cases. Proving that an anesthesia error occurred can be difficult. With the right lawyer by your side, however, it’s not impossible.
Our lawyers will do everything we can to get you the fair compensation you need–all while making the legal process as simple as possible. To see how we can make a difference, call for a free consultation with an experienced Baltimore anesthesia error lawyer today. You can also contact us online and we’ll reach out to you.