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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 compensation for anaesthetic awareness

    Going under anaesthetic can be a nerve-wracking procedure, particularly if you are required to go under general anaesthetic. Anaesthetic may be local, which numbs a specific area of the body, or it may be general which puts the patient to sleep. There is another kind of anaesthetic called regional anaesthesia which blocks the nerves of the spinal cord preventing the patient from feeling pain. A trained anaesthesiologist will administer the correct anaesthetic to a patient according to the procedure that is to be performed. There are some risks involved in undergoing an anaesthetic including side-effects and complications but these may not be the same for every patient. In rare cases, a patient may be aware during a surgical procedure if the anaesthetic is not administered correctly. This is not a common occurrence but it has been reported and you can do something about it.

    Anaesthetic awareness and complications

    Some patients suffer some side-effects including pain, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and headache after anaesthetic but these will be explained before any surgical procedure. However, in rare cases anaesthetic awareness can cause a patient to remember things about their operation and feel pain during the procedure. This could be due to a failure to check the equipment beforehand, taking risks and not following protocol, failing to check breathing and vital signs or it may be due to faulty equipment. Awareness during surgery can be extremely traumatising for anyone but you need not suffer in silence if this has happened to you.

    How to claim medical negligence compensation

    Anaesthetic awareness is an extremely rare case but Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in claiming compensation for any trauma and suffering caused due to negligence. If someone else was at fault for the incident, then we can take you step by step through the process of claiming those responsible. Just give our free 24-hour phone line a call to speak to an expert for no-obligation advice about your case or begin your claim online with our 30-second test. Everyone who has suffered due to someone else’s negligence has the right to claim compensation for their suffering and our no win, no fee* policy means you will not have to pay upfront to pursue your claim.

    Date Published: July 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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