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Anesthesia Errors

Administering anesthesia before a medical procedure is a highly technical task that can result in dangerous consequences if done improperly.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to an anesthesia error, Zucker & Regev, P.C., in Brooklyn, NY, can help you fight for justice.

Why should you hire our medical malpractice lawyers after an anesthesia error?

What You Can Achieve in an Anesthesia Error Case

Hold Doctors Accountable

Anesthesiologists and other medical professionals have a responsibility to keep their patients safe. When doctors commit avoidable acts of negligence, they should face consequences for their actions.

Protect Future Patients

If you were harmed by a negligent anesthesiologist, there's a chance they may commit the same error again in the future. Initiating legal action against irresponsible doctors can prevent them from causing more damage.

Receive Just Compensation

You shouldn't have to pay the bill for putting your life back together after an act of medical malpractice. Our attorneys can help you build a convincing case so the parties responsible for your hardship compensate you fairly.

Choose the Lawyer Who Is Also a Doctor Contact Us Today to Get Started

Zucker & Regev, P.C., in Brooklyn, New York, is the best firm to handle your medical malpractice case because Guy S. Regev is both a medical doctor and an attorney. Equipped with an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Regev has both the medical and legal knowledge required to win an anesthesia errors case.

Working alongside Mr. Regev, Gary A. Zucker is one of the most respected personal injury attorneys in New York City who has practiced law in New York for more than 40 years. Our team also includes associate attorney Daniel Rubin.

Anesthesia negligence can be difficult to prove, but with Brooklyn's finest medical malpractice lawyers on your side, you have a chance to recover significant compensation.

If you or someone you love is the victim of an anesthesia error, we encourage you to request a free consultation with our firm by filling out our online form or calling

(718) 624-1211

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How Common Are Anesthesia Errors?

A study conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists found that one in 20 cases of anesthesia administered prior to surgery resulted in a medication error or an adverse drug event. More than a third of these errors led to observed patient harm. 

The Basics of Anesthesia

Anesthesia involves the application of gases or an injection to cause temporary loss of sensation or awareness. This medically-induced state can cause amnesia, insensitivity to pain, loss of muscle reflexes or responsiveness, and a decreased stress response. Most often used before medical procedures such as surgery, anesthesia may involve the administration of one or more types of drugs. There are several types of anesthesia, including general, spinal, local, regional, and dissociative.

  • General renders a patient unconscious
  • Spinal and epidural are delivered through an injection near the spinal cord and numb the body below and often above the injection site
  • Local numbs a specific bodily area
  • Regional numbs larger areas of the body
  • Dissociative causes a trance-like state of consciousness

When anesthetic treatments are administered properly, a patient's vital signs should remain normal and, in cases of general anesthesia, the patient should remain unconscious and unaware throughout the surgery. However, if the drugs are not carefully matched to the needs and medical condition of the patient, serious complications can arise.

What Causes Anesthesia Errors?

Anesthesia errors, like other surgical errors, can be caused by a number of factors, such as:

  • Defective equipment
  • Administering too much of one or more drugs
  • Delayed delivery of anesthetic
  • Incorrect drug administration
  • Failure to properly monitor the patient
  • Administering too little of one or more drugs leading to anesthesia awareness
  • Failure to adequately instruct patients prior to treatment
  • Drug interactions

There are some anesthesia complications that are out of the control of the anesthesiologist or medical professional administering the drug. However, when errors are caused by incompetence or neglect, victims may be eligible for compensation as part of a medical malpractice suit.

Types of Anesthesia and Their Potential Dangers

Local anesthetic being applied to patient's mouth

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is used in such minor procedures as dental extractions. Although complications are rare, doses that are too large can result in the body improperly absorbing the drug into the bloodstream, potentially affecting the function of the lungs or the heart.

Regional anesthesia being applied to torso

Regional Anesthesia

Regional anesthetics are usually injected near nerves or the spinal cord. If an anesthesiologist is not careful, he or she may cause damage to a nerve, which in some cases can lead to a permanent loss of sensation. Overdosing is also a risk with this method.

Patient receiving general anesthesia

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the most risky form of anesthesia because it slows the body's natural functions. Doctors need to keep a close eye on a patient's vital signs if they are under general anesthesia, otherwise, the patient could stop breathing or their heart could stop beating.

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How to Win an Anesthesia Errors Case

If you choose to work with our medical malpractice lawyers in Brooklyn, New York, following an anesthesia mistake, we will help you build the strongest possible case. In order to convince a court in New York City that you are owed compensation because of an anesthesia error, we will need to:

Prove Negligence

As with any instance of medical malpractice, plaintiffs in anesthesia error suits must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their injury was caused by a medical professional failing to follow the standard of care associated with the procedure. Proving negligence is a complicated and difficult process requiring an advanced understanding of medical protocols and legal precedents. Our team has relationships with medical experts in almost every field who can help build your case and are willing to testify on your behalf in court.

Prove Harm

Plaintiffs must also provide evidence that their injury resulted in significant damages that can only be remedied through financial compensation. Damages that you may potentially receive compensation for after an anesthesia error include additional medical bills, physical pain, emotional suffering, and lost wages. Our lawyers will help you collect all of the necessary documentation and diagnoses to ensure that you receive every cent you are owed. We settle for nothing less than the full extent of damages.

An Introduction to Medical Malpractice

All doctors, including anesthesiologists, have a responsibility to treat patients in accordance with the appropriate standards of care. When negligent anesthesiologists fail to uphold those standards of care and cause harm to an innocent patient, that patient has the legal right to compensation.

Free, No-Obligation Consultations Contact Us Today

If you or your loved one is the victim of a negligent anesthesiologist, you have nothing to lose from scheduling a free consultation at our offices in Brooklyn, New York. In your initial consultation, our medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case and honestly recommend whether or not you would benefit from pursuing legal action. 

If you decide to hire us at the end of your consultation, we will work tirelessly on your behalf so you receive the justice you deserve. As a law firm exclusively focused on personal injury and medical malpractice, we have the know-how and the strategies to make your case a success.

Scheduling a consultation with our team is easy. You can request a consultation by filling out our online form, or you can give us a call at

(718) 624-1211

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We Work on a Contingency Basis

In this video, Gary A. Zucker explains how our law firm in Brooklyn, New York, works strictly on contingency fees. This means that when you hire us for a case of medical malpractice, including anesthesia errors, you only have to pay us if we win. 

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How to Prepare for Your Consultation

When you visit our offices in Brooklyn, New York, for your consultation, our attorneys will explain every step you will need to take to build the strongest possible medical malpractice case, and they will help you track down the necessary evidence. You can expedite your consultation by coming prepared with your:

Medical Documentation

Bring along any paperwork related to your procedure, including any waivers you signed, medical history forms you completed, and discharge papers you were given.

Financial Information

If the harm caused by your anesthesia or surgical error has forced you to seek additional medical treatment, bring the bills for that care as well. Also, if your injury has forced you to miss work, bring along old pay stubs so we can prepare to pursue compensation for both lost wages and lost earning capacity.

Case-Related Correspondence

Some victims of anesthesia errors may have already received letters or emails from anesthesiologists, hospitals, or insurance companies related to their case. Bring that correspondence to your free consultation so our lawyers can review it.

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Zucker & Regev, P.C. Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyers

At the Law Firm of Zucker & Regev in Brooklyn, NY, we represent victims of negligence, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other personal injury cases with dozens of verdicts worth over $1 million. Our attorneys are affiliated with:

  • The American Bar Association
  • The New York State Bar Association
  • The Brooklyn Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • The New York State Trial Lawyers Association

If you are the victim of a personal injury or medical malpractice case, we want to help you. Schedule a consultation today by contacting us online or calling (718) 624-1211.

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