Anaesthetic Negligence claims
Anaesthetic is a great invention for allowing doctors to carry out treatment minimising or preventing pain for their patient. However, it comes with risks which need to be carefully managed by the medical team. A local anaesthetic numbs only the part of the body being treated and is relatively common, while general anaesthetic, where a patient is completely unconscious, is used during surgery. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made leading to patients suffering unnecessary pain and injury.
What is Anaesthetic Misdiagnosis and Negligence?
Anaesthetic misdiagnosis and negligence can happen when medical staff use the wrong type of anaesthetic, where the amount administered is either too much or too little or when a patient’s condition is not monitored adequately while under the effects of the anaesthetic.
Local anaesthesia carries a smaller risk than general anaesthesia. Topical anaesthesia is when a numbing solution is wiped or sprayed onto the skin, such as the wipe you have before inserting a cannula. Subcutaneous anaesthesia is injected under the skin and is effective for procedures like tooth extractions or mole removals. Another type of local anaesthesia is Regional anaesthesia. It is injected near a nerve to numb a large area of the body without giving a patient a general anaesthetic, such as when a woman in labour has an epidural.
Patients who are particularly anxious about a procedure may have a gentle sedative before being given a local anaesthesia. They remain conscious and aware, but events take on a dream-like quality as if they are asleep.
General anaesthesia, when a patient is rendered unconscious, should only be administered by a medical specialist qualified in its use. It is a complicated process of calculating the correct amount to use as well as monitoring a patient’s vital signs both during and after the process to ensure no adverse effect.
Types of Anaesthetic Misdiagnosis and Negligence
- Anaesthetic misdiagnosis and negligence can occur in many forms, including:
- Incorrect dosage leading to a patient suffering avoidable pain, or an overdose.
- Improper monitoring which causes a patient to regain consciousness or partial consciousness, during an operation.
- Nerve damage caused while administering the spinal anaesthetic.
- Allergic reaction to the anaesthetic.
- Paralysis – either temporary or permanent.
- Lack of oxygen leading to brain damage.
A rare occurrence is anaesthesia awareness which happens when a patient remains paralysed physically yet is mentally aware of their surroundings in the operating theatre. While the physical effects of this can be minimal, the psychological impact can be resounding.
How Can We Help?
We appreciate that having already been through a stressful situation, you won’t want to go to court unnecessarily so will assess your situation and determine whether your claim is likely to be successful. We also have access to the right medical experts who can help you build the evidence you will need to support your request for compensation, and our experienced lawyers will keep you informed every step of the way.
Your compensation claim for anaesthetic misdiagnosis and negligence starts with getting in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today.
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Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
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How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
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