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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 serious injury after an anaesthetist’s mistake


    One of the most important jobs during surgery is that of an anaesthetist. They are highly trained and are well aware that any mistakes could lead to serious injury or even death of a patient. There is very little room for error when you work alongside surgeons and this is particularly true of anaesthetists because of the nature of their job. If you have suffered an injury, whether serious or minor, due to an anaesthetist’s mistake then you may be eligible to make a claim.

    What is an anaesthetist’s job?

    An anaesthetist prepares a patient for surgery by putting them unconscious using general anaesthetic. Their job doesn’t end there, despite what most people think. An anaesthetist will, throughout the surgery, balance several different drugs and needs to remain concentrated for the entire operation. If your anaesthetist has failed to maintain their concentration then you may well have been the subject of medical negligence and have a serious claim for compensation.

    Problems associated with local anaesthetic

    • A numb tongue
    • Light head
    • Blurry vision
    • Twitching muscles

    Problems associated with general anaesthetic

    • Permanent nerve damage – this can result in paralysis
    • Anaphylactic shock
    • Feeling pain when you should feel numb

    Have you been injured because of an anaesthetist’s mistake?

    An anaesthetist could do any of the following things to be considered negligent:

    • Brain damage can occur as a lack if oxygen being administered to the patient causes the brain to shut down in response. If your relative has suffered brain damage as a result of an anaesthetist’s negligence, you are entitled to file for compensation in their stead.
    • Temporary or permanent paralysis can occur due to an incorrectly administered anaesthetic and cause lasting nerve and spinal damage. This is serious as it can cause the loss of a limb and could cause you to lose your livelihood.
    • Anaesthetic awareness is rare but leaves the patient conscious and aware of the surgery while it takes place. The effects of the accident are psychological and difficult to fix.

    Would you like to claim after an anaesthetist’s mistake?

    Any mistake that an anaesthetist makes is likely to scar you, either mentally or physically. We at Accident Advice Helpline would like to offer our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 to help you claim compensation for any injury you may have suffered. You can also call from you mobile on 0333 500 0993 or take a 30-second test to find out if you can claim. Our solicitors operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis which means that you don’t need to worry about any fees upfront.

    Date Published: February 19, 2017

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    Author: Accident Advice

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