New Mexico medical malpractice claims are one of the most complex types of personal injury lawsuits.
These cases are inherently complicated because of the strict procedural, substantive, and evidentiary rules that govern these claims.
In addition, the injuries that stem from medical negligence in New Mexico can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being.
While every form of medical malpractice comes with its own set of challenges, claims involving anesthesia malpractice pose significant difficulties to claimants seeking compensation.
At the anesthesia error and medical malpractice law firm of Poulos & Coates, LLP, we have extensive experience connecting patients and their families to compensation for what they’ve been through.
We recognize the difficulties you face after an incident of medical negligence and strive to make the process as easy on you as possible.
Types of Medical Malpractice Generally
New Mexico medical malpractice claims vary; however, most fall into one of the following categories:
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis,
- Improper treatment,
- Medication errors,
- Surgical errors, and
- Anesthesia errors.
These types of negligence can have lifelong and potentially fatal consequences for patients and their loved ones.
When it comes to anesthesia malpractice, anesthesiologists are held to the same standard as other healthcare providers.
This means that an anesthesiologist is liable for patient injuries if they failed to act as a reasonably prudent doctor would in that same situation.
This standard also considers the level of experience and training the doctor had, as well as where in the country they practice.
For example, doctors with advanced training who practice in a highly-funded hospital in Santa Fe are generally held to a higher standard than doctors practicing in rural areas.
Types of Anesthesia Injuries
Like any medical procedure, receiving anesthesia presents certain risks to patients. While most of these risks can be managed by the physician, even a small mistake can have a grave outcome.
Some of the most common anesthesia injuries include:
- Tooth damage,
- Organ damage,
- Nerve damage,
- Cardiac arrest,
- Persistent pain, and
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help explain how patients injured during anesthesia can hold a negligent anesthesiologist accountable.
Damages in an Anesthesia Malpractice Case
While every patient’s injuries are unique, New Mexico law generally allows patients to pursue the following types of compensation following an anesthesia error:
- Past and future medical expenses,
- Loss of consortium,
- Lost wages,
- Decrease in earning capacity,
- Mental and emotional anguish,
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Pain and suffering.
It is essential to consult with an experienced attorney before filing a case because identifying the full extent of your damages is key to a full and fair recovery.
Contact the Anesthesiologist Malpractice Lawyers at Poulos & Coates Today
If you or a loved one suffered preventable injuries during anesthesia, reach out to Poulos & Coates to learn more about your rights.
At Poulos & Coates, we have more than 70 years of hands-on experience aggressively pursuing compensation on behalf of patients.
We also have a medical doctor and nurse on staff to evaluate your case, help locate experts, and review and prepare your case for trial.
We are the only New Mexico law firm that focuses only on medical malpractice cases.