Medical Legal Aspects of Regional Anesthesia: Legal Perspective

  • Bridgette Toy-Cronin
  • Kelly Byrne

Key Points

  • Understanding of regional anesthesia malpractice claims from a lawyer’s perspective is helpful in appreciating the legal process involved, including requirements for record-keeping, documentation of consent, and cases of practicing outside of guidelines.

  • Legal systems and definitions of malpractice vary around the world; however, for most jurisdictions, a successful claim requires that patient be able to establish that the anesthesiologist owed them a duty of care and that this duty was breached, resulting in injury.

  • Important legal issues can arise from lack of documentation of procedures, incomplete records, absence of or incomplete patient consent, issues with handover of care, and failure to adhere to recommended guidelines and practice standards.


Regional anesthesia Litigation Malpractice Consent Guidelines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of AnaesthesiaWaikato HospitalHamiltonNew Zealand

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