“I was awake for part of my operation and in pain.”
Waking up during a surgical procedure is rare – but it can happen and patients may feel pain as a result of anaesthetic failures.
Anaesthetic Awareness Claims include:
Before an anaesthetic is administered, an evaluation of a patient’s health must be made. In the case of general anaesthetics, patients undergo a very thorough pre-operative evaluation, including a range of tests to assess a patient’s overall health – and any potential risk factors, such as a pre-existing medical condition.
The anaesthetist will need to be aware of any issues which could make inserting a tube in the patient’s airways more difficult, such as a small mouth.
During surgery, theatre staff must also make sure they monitor the anaesthesia machine delivering anaesthetic to the patient.
However, despite extensive pre-operative and theatre checks for patients undergoing a general anaesthetic, the Royal College of Anaesthetists estimates that around 150 patients every year will wake up or have some degree of anaesthetic awareness during surgery, including patients who hear theatre staff discussing their surgery or who experience pain.
Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence Solicitors can advise patients who were conscious for part of their operation and in pain or distress on how to make no win no fee Anaesthetic Awareness Claims for compensation.
Under the UK Limitation Act 1980, clinical negligence claimants have three years from the date of injury in which to make no win no fee Anaesthetic Awareness Claims – including medical negligence claims for:
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of clinical negligence solicitors and can advise NHS patients and private patients on making no win no fee Anaesthetic Awareness Claims.
Because of the limitation period for making Anaesthetic Awareness Claims, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors advise patients to get in touch about making a medical negligence claim as soon as possible following their surgery.
Duncan Lewis solicitors always aim to win maximum compensation for victims of clinical negligence. Compensation for Anaesthetic Awareness Claims may include:
For expert legal advice on making no win no fee Anaesthetic Awareness Claims, contact Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors on 020 7923 4020.