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Anesthesia is a necessary and useful component of many medical procedures, allowing patients to remain unconscious and pain free so doctors and surgeons can conduct operations and other procedures successfully. However, when something goes wrong, a mistake in administering anesthesia can result in serious and life-changing physical, cognitive, and emotional effects, and even lead to death. Survivors may require extensive medical treatment and be left unable to work at a time when they face mounting medical and household bills and expenses.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to an anesthesia error that rises to the level of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation through insurance or a lawsuit. While no amount of money can truly make up for the suffering from a serious injury, fair compensation can help relieve your financial burdens and pay for the care you need to start rebuilding your life.
Texas medical malpractice laws are complicated; proving negligence is difficult; and making mistakes can be costly, as insurance companies and their attorneys will attempt to get you to settle for as little as possible or deny claims entirely. Fortunately, the skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Crain Brogdon LLP, a nationally recognized Dallas personal injury firm, have the experience and resources necessary deal with insurance companies and their lawyers and fight for the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and determine the best way to move forward, so call us today to get started.
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Not everything that goes wrong medically is grounds for malpractice, and winning fair compensation after an anesthesia injury is not easy to accomplish without the help of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. There are many lawyers out there, and you should look for one you not only feel comfortable with, but one who has the experience and resources needed to handle complicated medical malpractices cases. Here are some reasons why we feel our anesthesia injury attorney at Crain Brogdon is your best choice:
We take on the hard cases, even when a successful outcome may not be as easily attainable. We have a combined 125+ years of experience, and we use it to your benefit.
Time is of the essence when dealing with anesthesia injuries, as it is important to get started while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found. When you have our anesthesia injury attorneys on your side, we will get to work on your behalf immediately. We will:
Our Crain Brogdon anesthesia injury attorneys will assess what compensation value is fair, given the extent of your injuries and the estimation of the long-term costs of medical care.
All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care to protect them from unreasonable harm and provide the level of care that another reasonable physician in a similar situation would provide. If the professional breaches this duty through actions or failure to act and a patient is injured as a result, that professional may have committed medical malpractice.
Not all medical errors rise to the level of negligence needed to prove a medical malpractice claim. If your anesthesiologist made an error, your attorney must be able to prove medical malpractice by establishing the following legal elements:
Anesthesiologists must administer the right amount of anesthesia to produce sedation while ensuring the brain receives sufficient oxygen-rich blood. The anesthesiologist must also monitor the patient’s vital signs to make sure there are no serious reactions to the anesthesia, that their heart rate is not too low and that they are not becoming conscious, and anesthesiologists must react quickly to prevent problems from arising or getting worse should they arise. Some examples of actions by anesthesiologists that breach a duty of care and can cause damage to a patient include:
Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim against the anesthesiologist, the hospital or surgical facility, and/or other surgical staff that may have been negligent. Anesthesiologists may have their own insurance or be insured by the hospital if they are on staff.
In Texas, there are two types of damages you may be awarded in an injury case: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are for monetary expenses and losses such as:
Non-economic damages are for losses that don’t have a corresponding dollar amount but negatively impact your life, such as:
In some rare cases, the judge or jury will sometimes also award punitive damages, which is intended as a form of punishment for gross negligence.
Texas law puts damages caps on punitive damages, claims against the government, and non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims. Texas caps non-economic damages at $250,000 in medical malpractice claims and $500,000 if multiple institutions are involved. There are no caps on economic damages.
After an anesthesia injury, it is natural to have questions and concerns. These are best dealt with at your free consultation, but to get started, here are some answers to questions our Dallas anesthesia injury attorneys are commonly asked:
Are there time limits for filing a lawsuit?
Yes. Texas has a statute of limitations (Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003) which sets a deadline for filing a case. In general, you have two years from the date of the injury or a death to file a lawsuit or the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case.
What if my loved one died because of the anesthesia injury?
If the anesthesia injury caused a loved one’s death, our attorneys can help file a wrongful death action seeking compensation for the avoidable loss. Under Texas law, the decedent’s surviving spouse, children, or parents may file a wrongful death lawsuit, or the personal representative or executor may bring a case.
How much compensation will I receive?
Damage awards vary widely, from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of the case. Generally, injuries that are severe, permanent, and require continuing care or lead to death bring higher awards. The skill and negotiating ability of your lawyer to present and argue your case is also a factor.
What type of damages do anesthesia injuries cause?
Some serious complications of anesthesia injuries include:
How much does a Dallas anesthesia injury lawyer cost?
The good news is that it costs nothing up front to hire the Dallas anesthesia injury attorneys at Crain Brogdon. We work with clients on a contingency fee basis, so fees are a percentage of the overall compensation awarded, and you only pay when your case wins.
When you have Crain Brogdon working for you, we will be there for you throughout the entire legal process, answering your questions and keeping you informed about your case.
After a serious anesthesia injury, reach out to a highly trained Texas personal injury lawyer at Crain Brogdon, LLP. for help. We’ll provide informed legal guidance and work around the clock to show you why we’re always a step ahead of the competition. We won’t just represent you; we’ll fight for you and settle for nothing less than the outcome you deserve.
Do not delay. Anesthesia injury cases are complicated, and our lawyers will need ample time to investigate, locate witnesses, build a case, and initiate legal action. You deserve the best, so call us today.
Act now to protect your family’s financial future. Call Crain Brogdon at 214-522-9404 to schedule a free consultation with our Dallas anesthesia injury lawyer.
We serve clients throughout Tarrant, Collin, and Dallas counties.
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]