Anesthesia malpractice cases are exceedingly complex, but at Davis Adams, it’s what we do. We are sorry that life events have caused you to consider consulting anesthesia malpractice lawyers, but you’ve come to the right place. We are in your corner and we are here to help.
Mr. Davis is an accomplished anesthesiology malpractice attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on anesthesiology malpractice law in Georgia. Published on March 16, 2017, last updated on June 21, 2019.
Anesthesiology malpractice lawyers are often called in when routine procedures go horribly wrong. As you may know, an anesthesiologist plays a critical role in a surgical procedure: administering powerful drugs while also carefully controlling a patient’s heart rate, breathing, and other critical life functions. When an anesthesia error occurs, the consequences are often catastrophic.
Like all medical negligence cases, those involving anesthesiology errors are generally complex in nature and replete with opportunities for negligent anesthesiologists to avoid taking responsibility.
When the attorneys at Davis Adams take on anesthesia malpractice cases, we diligently discover the important facts, retain world-class expert witnesses, and methodically prepare for trial in a way that maximizes the opportunity for a verdict that provides justice for our client.
Generally, the statute of limitations for anesthesia malpractice in Georgia is two years from the date of the negligent care. This means you have only two years after the incident to file a case. For cases involving children, the statute of limitation is typically tolled (or paused) until the child’s 5th birthday, which means that the statute runs (or expires) on the child’s 7th birthday.
Nonetheless, particular conditions can expand the statute of limitations: for instance, when a physician hides irresponsible treatment that’s later uncovered. And on the other end of the spectrum, other circumstances can entail a shorter statute of limitations: for example, when the irresponsible healthcare practitioner is employed by a government entity. In this case, your deadline to file a case might be as short as 6 months after the date of treatment.
There are also other factors involved in medical negligence cases like anesthesia malpractice, such as the five-year statute of repose. This is meant to be a “last due date,” beyond which a clinical negligence case cannot be filed regardless of the situation.
Since the statute of limitations for anesthesia malpractice cases can be so variable, the best thing to do is take action early. Contact the specialists at Davis Adams and we’ll be happy to examine the specifics of your situation and advise you on how to proceed.
At Davis Adams, we focus solely on medical malpractice cases and have won tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Among these, we’ve handled countless anesthesia malpractice cases.
Our attorneys are submerged in clinical negligence litigation every day, pioneering new strategies and techniques to battle the ever-changing insurance coverage defense sector and reviewing our clients’ cases with leading medical professionals around the country. We are always sharpening our abilities as anesthesia malpractice lawyers.
Our experience and constant quest for expertise tangibly help our customers. We have the unique ability to rapidly review and understand lengthy and complicated medical records and to speak knowledgeably with our clients’ treating doctors about their diagnoses and prognoses. We have the top anesthesiology specialists at the very best health centers and colleges worldwide on call to advise us.
This unusual proficiency is a game changer for our anesthesia malpractice clients and establishes us as superior to other personal injury attorneys who simply handle one or two medical malpractice cases a year. We have made medical cases our lone focus so that we can offer our medical malpractice clients the very best support whether they face an anesthesia malpractice case, a birth injury suit, or anything in between.
“I was scheduled for a routine surgery at a well-known Atlanta hospital, and everything seemed to have gone fine until I couldn’t move my left foot in the recovery room. I called for the nurse and she told me I’d be fine, that it was normal. I never was fine. I never regained use of my foot. I was referred to Davis Adams by another attorney; she told me that if anyone could figure out what happened, they could. And they did. They were able to discover that when I was getting my epidural I was also mistakenly given a blood thinner that caused an epidural hematoma. And that’s what injured the nerve. The anesthesiologist and the hospital settled my case at mediation. There’s a reason Jess Davis and Chad Adams are considered the best medical malpractice attorneys in Atlanta.”
A.B. of Marietta, GA
Anesthesia malpractice can take many forms since there are many different complications that can arise from the use of general anesthetics. A general anesthetic is, essentially, a clinically induced coma, not rest. These medicines render a patient unconscious.
Before surgery or some other medical procedures, the drugs will be administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, a specially experienced medical professional or nurse that will likewise keep an eye on an individual’s vital signs and rate of breathing during the procedure.
There are a number of potential side effects of anesthetics. Common side effects of general anesthesia include:
More serious (and rare) side effects of anesthesia include unintended intraoperative awareness, which refers to rare instances where clients report a state of awareness throughout a procedure, after the point at which the anesthetic must have eliminated all feeling. Some patients are conscious of the procedure itself and some can even feel discomfort.
Unplanned intraoperative recognition is incredibly unusual, impacting an estimated 1 in every 19,000 individuals undergoing anesthetic. Because of the muscle relaxants provided alongside anesthesia, patients are unable to signify to their surgeon or anesthetist that they are still aware of what is occurring. This can be incredibly disturbing for the patient.
Unexpected intraoperative awareness is more probable during emergency surgical procedures than planned ones. Although the awareness during the procedure is often temporary as well as of sounds only, clients that experience unexpected intraoperative understanding can experience long-lasting emotional troubles.
In the very worst case, anesthesia can also lead to death although this is rare. Read on for more information about anesthesia death lawsuits.
Even in today’s era of modern medicine, the administration of anesthesia can be hazardous. Complications can arise from making use of too much anesthesia, to insufficient anesthesia, or use of the wrong kind of anesthesia. Some of the much more serious issues that may constitute anesthesia malpractice include:
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect, you may want to pursue an anesthesia malpractice suite. Malpractice can happen in several ways, yet the primary reason for clinical malpractice almost always boils down to clinical neglect on the part of the doctor or care provider.
In clinical malpractice cases, courts typically define negligence as a healthcare service provider’s failure to give the average level of treatment or use the average level of skill of medical professionals in that specialty, taking into consideration the resources available to that provider.
In order to verify that an anesthesiologist was negligent in an anesthesia death lawsuit, your lawyer will work with experienced medical witnesses, who will consider points like your pre-surgical danger factors for anesthesia and also the doctor’s and anesthesiologist’s notes, to try to determine what occurred during the surgical treatment. After that, a really important factor to consider is the known rate of complications of the sort of anesthesia utilized during the surgical procedure.
If you have suffered medical negligence of any type, from anesthesia malpractice to assisted living facility negligence, the attorneys at Davis Adams can help.
When your loved one has passed away in an anesthesiologist death case, emotions including shock, anger, and grief are running high. Instead of trying to pursue the situation alone, get the help you deserve and talk to a compassionate expert.
Choosing Davis Adams means leveraging our years of experience and our reputation for excellence. We will do everything we can to assist in this terrible situation.
Insurance companies have their own attorneys who defend anesthesiologists in anesthesia malpractice cases, and they know Davis Adams. In fact, we have come up against most of the major players in the insurance industry in Georgia.
They have actually seen us in action, and they understand that when we go after a situation, we will never settle for anything less than fair treatment for our client.
Contact Davis Adams for help if you or a loved one has experienced anesthesia malpractice or any other type of medical or nursing malpractice. Let our expert anesthesia malpractice lawyers fight for you during this difficult time.