Improper Administration of Anesthesia in Your Podiatric Malpractice Case

  • Posted on: Aug 1 2022
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If you have had podiatric surgery in New York and suffered injury as a result of improperly administered anesthesia, you may be a victim of podiatry malpractice. To find out whether you have a valid claim, you need the advice and guidance of a highly competent podiatry malpractice attorney. In New York, that lawyer is Lawrence Karam, of The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam, PC.

Larry Karam is exceptionally well-qualified in his field, having successfully litigated podiatry malpractice cases for decades. He is well-respected for his personal concern for his clients, as well as for his legal and podiatric knowledge and well-developed courtroom skills.

Can podiatrists legally administer anesthesia in New York State?

Laws vary from state to state, but in New York podiatrists are only permitted to administer conscious sedation and local, not general, anesthesia.  If you have suffered a personal injury due to a podiatrist’s improper administration of anesthesia or conscious sedation, contact our office today to make an appointment for a free consultation. 

We understand that you may be financially pressed due to your injury and loss of income so once you become our client you will be charged no attorneys’ fees until we win you damages.

Types of Local Anesthesia and Sedation Mistakes

Although general anesthesia mistakes are generally more serious than errors made surrounding administration of local anesthesia or conscious sedation, you may have endured one of the following problems. 

Podiatrists, like all medical professionals, owe their patients a duty of care. Breaching that duty of care and causing you harm and real (financial) damages is considered malpractice and entitles you to damages. Larry Karam is well prepared to fight to win you the compensation you deserve if your podiatrist:

  • Failed to educate you about the possible risks or side effects of anesthesia
  • Failed to thoroughly review your medical history to check for any contraindications for using the intended local anesthesia or sedation
  • Failed to provide you with postoperative instructions pertaining to the anesthesia administered
  • Delayed administration of anesthesia
  • Administered too much or too little anesthesia for the procedure
  • Administered the wrong type of anesthesia for the procedure
  • Failed to monitor your vital signs and other responses to the anesthesia, during and after the procedure as well as at the time of administration
  • Used equipment (e.g. a hypodermic needle) that was defective, faulty or unsterilized

Though very rare, there are also cases in which the podiatrist is unfit to properly administer anesthesia due to drug, alcohol, physical or emotional impairment.

Postsurgical Negligence Related to Podiatric Anesthesia Administration

It is also possible to hold a podiatrist accountable for failing to follow protocol in terms of anesthesia or sedation after an operation is finished by:

  • Failing to identify or treat complications resulting from anesthesia (e.g. allergic reactions, numbness that may make it difficult to walk)
  • Leaving a patient unmonitored while still sedated
  • Failing to provide postsurgical warnings relative to anesthesia or 

conscious sedation (e.g. not to drive or use dangerous equipment)

Complications and Injuries Related to Anesthesia Errors

Local anesthesia and conscious sedation work well and without complications in most patients. Nonetheless, if you are the exception, your podiatrist must be fully prepared to deal with side effects, allergies or idiosyncratic reactions to local anesthesia or sedation, such as:

  • Allergic reactions (breathing problems, hives, anaphylaxis)
  • Blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion
  • Ongoing numbness, trembling, weakness
  • Anxiety, restlessness, headaches
  • Cyanosis due to poor circulation
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Muscle twitches
  • Nerve damage
  • Seizures

It is also possible for anesthesia to be unintentionally administered at the wrong time or in the wrong place. 

Contact Our Experienced Podiatry Malpractice Attorney Now

Larry Karam is a skilled podiatry malpractice attorney who has dealt with improper administration of anesthesia before. He will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve for the ordeal you have been through that may have left you with long-term or permanent damage. Contact him today so he can begin working hard in your best interests.

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