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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming for anaesthetic errors in birth

    Having a baby is one of the most beautiful moments in any person’s life. For some it doesn’t get much better than becoming a mother or father. The moment when your new-born is brought into the world is a moment few can understand without experiencing it first hand. Holding your baby for the first time after birth, however, can be tarnished by complications caused by anaesthetic errors in birth.

    The job of an anaesthetist is a very complex one. They need to balance the oxygen levels and various drugs of the mother during birth. While deaths and casualties are few and far between, when they do occur, the results are catastrophic. If you have suffered injuries at birth due to anaesthetic errors then it’s likely due to medical negligence which is a serious offence. If you have suffered as a result of anaesthetic error, you can claim for personal injury compensation.

    What happens with anaesthetic errors in birth?

    • If the oxygen levels aren’t managed correctly, the mother could suffer brain damage, or a stroke. There is also a high risk that that the baby could also suffer. As far as compensation is concerned, this is a serious injury with lifetime consequences. A mother is unlikely to be able to provide for a child with brain damage without help, if both were to survive the ordeal.
    • There is the risk of pushing oxygen through the wrong tube and killing the baby straight away. Whilst this is incredibly rare, this has happened due to a lack of concentration in a operating room.
    • Due to incorrectly administered anaesthetic it’s possible for patients to find themselves aware of the birth without being able to communicate this to the doctors. This is extremely painful and can be massively traumatic for obvious reasons. Despite the severity of some other injuries, physiological injuries like these are often considered to be longer lasting and more severe due to the internal nature of the wounds.

    Have you suffered injuries due to anaesthetic errors in birth?

    At Accident Advice Helpline we are aware of the trauma that comes with any complication during childbirth and are here to help. We have over 16 years of experience in personal injury claims. We would love to help you claim compensation for any injuries you have suffered. Call our helpline which is active 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test on our website to quickly assess your chances of compensation.

    Date Published: February 19, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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