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Anaesthetic Negligence Claims
Anaesthetic is a necessary part of many invasive surgeries and medical procedures, and allows these procedures to be carried out in an essentially pain-free way for patients.
Anaesthesia is administered and carried out by a specialist doctor, known as an anaesthesiologist. These people are highly trained, but it doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injury or illness of any kind due to the negligence or mistakes of an anaesthesiologist, then contact our medical negligence solicitors today about making a claim for financial compensation.
What is anaesthesia, and what type of anaesthesia did I have to put me to sleep for surgery?
If you have been put under anaesthesia, or put to sleep for surgery, this could mean a number of things. The different types of medical anaesthesia are as follows:
General anaesthetic- this process uses a combination of drugs being injected into the patient, and inhaling of gas, and makes the patient completely unconscious and unaware. The anaesthesia is maintained throughout the operation.
Local anaesthetic- this sees a local anaesthetic injected into a specific part of the body, such as the foot or the mouth, in order to numb this area temporarily and reduce pain and sensation for the patient. The patient remains fully awake during the procedure.
Regional anaesthetic- this works in largely the same way as local anaesthetic, but is able to penetrate further into the area, and is often used on major nerves or in the spinal cord.
What is an anaesthetic negligence claim?
An anaesthetic negligence claim is made where the negligence of the anaesthesiologist involved in your treatment led to further injury or illness for the patient, or to them waking up during an invasive operation. Get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors to discuss your specific situation further.
What are the common causes of anaesthetic negligence claims?
If you are reading this then you may be wondering ‘was my anaesthetic treatment negligent?’, ‘do I have a claim for anaesthetic negligence?’, or ‘what classes as anaesthetic negligence?’.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors know that there are a number of things that can go wrong with anaesthetic, and a number of mistakes and acts of negligence on behalf of the anaesthesiologist.
Some of these acts of negligence can include:
Drug dosage- administering either too much anaesthesia or not enough anaesthesia, meaning that the patient is put to sleep for the incorrect amount of time
Equipment errors- if a medical professional does not know how to properly use the monitoring equipment, or the equipment used to administer the anaesthetic, or if this equipment is faulty in any way, then this could lead to mistakes in the administering of the anaesthetic.
‘Human factors’- The NHS refers to these human errors of things such as a lack of teamwork among the anaesthesiologist and other doctors, medical staff not following the correct protocol and guidelines as they are trained to do, or stress on the part of the medical staff leading to mistakes
This last reason, anaesthesiologists failing to stick to protocol due to work-related stress, deserves a special mention. The number of places offered on anaesthesiologist training courses in the NHS has recently dropped, with only 359 places offered in the 2021 take-in, despite 569 being offered the previous year. This means that a significantly lower number of anaesthesiologist are being trained to the highest level of anaesthetics, and therefore less are on-hand across the country to cope with the growing demand for anaesthesia to put patients to sleep in surgeries.
Still, while the over-worked conditions that many NHS staff are forced to work in is far from their fault, it is not a valid reason for acts of negligence that cause you injury or illness. If you have been injured as a result of anaesthetic negligence, then you are not alone. You are part of a large number of patients each year who pursue medical negligence claims for the sub-par medical treatment that they have received, and win financial compensation for their injuries.
It is important to note that when you claim against an NHS doctor, they are covered by NHS Indemnity, which offer them insurance, meaning that any compensation won will be taken from this scheme, not from the medical professional themselves.
It is also necessary to recognise the importance of adequately reporting and taking action on instances of medical negligence, in order to allow for re-training and changes to be made, and to prevent the same mistakes from happening to other patients.
What can go wrong with anaesthesia?
As most of us know, and are made aware of before undergoing any form of anaesthetic, there is a degree of risk involved with the use of anaesthetic. Patients must be monitored very closely by an anaesthesiologist when under the influence of anaesthetic, and for good reason.
Some of the most common causes of anaesthetic negligence leading to an anaesthetic claim, include:
Anaesthetic awareness- where the patient wakes up and becomes aware during the medical procedure or surgery, but is unable to move or communicate that they awake. This can be extremely distressing, and can lead to a huge amount of mental trauma.
Anaesthetic stroke or brain damage- if blood pressure is not carefully regulated while a patient is under anaesthetic, it can in some instances lead to brain damage or a stroke.
Anaesthetic nerve damage- most commonly found in regional anaesthetic, or anaesthetic injected in and around the spinal cord, nerve damage can occur and can lead to debilitating pain and even paralysis and disability.
How long to I have to make an anaesthetic negligence claim?
If you have suffered injury or illness of any kind due to mistakes made in the administering of anaesthetic, or negligence from an anaesthesiologist, then you could be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.
All medical negligence claims are subject to the 1980 Limitation Act, and you have 3 years from the date that the negligence occurred, or the date that you became aware of the negligence, to make a claim.
While this may seem like a long time, our expert medical negligence solicitors would always advise you to get in touch with a specialist solicitor, and get the ball rolling on your claim, as soon as possible. There is no telling how long a claim will take, and our specialist team of solicitors require time in order to build your claim to be as strong and robust as possible.
Why choose MG Legal for my NO WIN NO FEE anaesthetic negligence claim?
Here at MG Legal, our specialist solicitors have been working on medical negligence compensation claims for over 30 years, and have built up a success rate of over 99%.
When you choose to work with MG Legal on your medical negligence claim, you can guarantee that you claim will be dealt with thoroughly, and with a dedicated solicitor who will handle it. Your solicitor will be reachable at any point throughout the process, to answer any questions or queries that you may have.
Attempting to make a claim for anaesthetic negligence compensation without the help of a solicitor that specialises in medical negligence claims can be extremely challenging. Not only will you have the medical practitioner’s, or NHS Trust’s insurers to deal with, you will have to deal with all sorts of complicated legalities that can stress you out and slow down your recovery.
At MG Legal, our experienced medical negligence solicitors have a success rate of above 99% for all of the medical negligence cases they accept on a no win no fee basis, meaning that, if we accept your medical negligence claim, not only will you be in very safe hands, but you also don’t have to worry about where to get the money from to pay solicitor’s fees. If you have a strong case, our experienced medical negligence solicitors will help you get the compensation due to you on a Conditional Fee basis, meaning you only pay an agreed fee on condition that your claim is successful.
Our team work closely with some of the top medical experts in their field, so when you work with MG Legal, you are not only working with trusted solicitors, but solicitors with a rapport to the best medical professionals, local to you.
Our team know how difficult the time can be after suffering from medical negligence, and how important it is that you are able to focus on your recovery. Because of this, we take all of the stress out of the claims process for our clients, and allow them to get the help and treatment that they need to recover.