Anesthesiology is a complicated practice area, and an anesthesiologist that does not properly perform his or her duties can cause a patient grave harm. Simply because an individual suffers harm while undergoing anesthesia prior to a procedure, however, it does not necessarily mean that the person will be able to recover damages in a medical malpractice case. This was demonstrated in a recent New York case in which the plaintiff’s claims were dismissed due to a lack of evidence that the defendant breached the standard of care. If you were hurt by a careless anesthetist, it prudent to meet with a skillful Rochester anesthesia error attorney to assess whether you may have a viable claim for damages.
Factual History of the Case
It is reported the plaintiff presented to a hospital to give birth to her child. During labor, the defendant placed an epidural catheter in the plaintiff’s lumbar spine, through which he administered anesthesia. Following the plaintiff’s child’s birth, the plaintiff experienced foot drop and numbness and weakness in her left leg and foot.
Allegedly, the plaintiff subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant, alleging he improperly positioned the catheter, thereby causing her to suffer harm. The defendant moved for dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims via summary judgment. The trial court found in favor of the plaintiff, and the defendant appealed. On appeal, the appellate court reversed the trial court ruling and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims.