Medical Negligence Compensation Claims

Claiming Compensation for Anaesthetic awareness

If you have suffered as a result of anaesthetic awareness, you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering.

Anaesthetic awareness is the sensation experienced when someone is aware of what is happening during an operation, and may even be able to feel pain, even though they have been given a general anaesthetic.

Anaesthetic awareness or "unintended intra-operative awareness" is the spontaneous recall of events by a FAQpatient during general anaesthesia. This means that the patient is unable to move or speak, but is awake or conscious to some degree, hearing and feeling the entire procedure. Anaesthetic awareness is not uncommon. The highest incidence occurs during Caesarean section, especially when carried out as an emergency operation, and also in Obstertrics surgery.

The most traumatic case of anesthesia awareness is full consciousness during surgery with pain and explicit recall of intra-operative events. In less severe cases, patients may have only poor recollection of conversations, events, pain, and pressure or of difficulty in breathing.

The experiences of patients with anesthesia awareness vary widely, and patient responses vary widely as well. The experience may be extremely traumatic for the patient, and will often lead to long term psychological problems.

Some patients experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), leading to long lasting after effects such as nightmares, night terrors, flashbacks, insomnia and in some cases even suicide.

Causes

The majority of cases are due to faulty technique on the part of anaesthetists, with a minority being related to equipment failures or failure to check equipment, Prompt inspection of the anesthesia equipment and record is important and may help prevent future occurrences

If you have suffered as a result of experiencing anaesthetic awareness, or any other problem related to anaesthesia you may be able to make a claim for compensation. An experienced medical negligence solicitor can advise you on making a claim for compensation.

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How much can I claim?

A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:

What can I claim compensation for?

Making a claim for compensation

A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about: