When a patient undergoes an operation of any kind, they are usually required to undergo an anaesthetic. Anaesthetic may be general for more invasive procedures or it may be localised if the procedure is a minor one such as dental extraction or a skin biopsy. These are the most common types of anaesthetic. Many people are aware that there are risks associated with anaesthetic but the surgical procedure itself is usually necessary to prevent an illness from spreading, progressing or causing the patient avoidable complications. An anaesthesiologist will introduce the correct kind of anaesthetic to the patient and a short period of time will be given for it to act. Anaesthesiologists are fully trained on how to calculate the dosage, how to choose the correct anaesthetic and how to administer it to the patient. However, there is still the potential for an accident to occur.
How can an anaesthetic fail?
With anaesthesia, there are some risks which will be explained to you before you go under. However, there is a risk that negligence may occur which could result in the anaesthetic failing or it may cause you trauma, injury or illness. Some examples of potential negligence include:
- Brain damage due to a failure to monitor breathing
- Nerve damage due to poorly administered dosage
- Pain and discomfort due to incorrect dosage
There may be rare cases where the wrong doses may mean that a patient is aware of the procedure or feels pain. Although rare, they have the potential to occur if someone is negligent. Should you have suffered as a result of failed anaesthetic, you can make a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist
Give us a call to speak to one of our expert team about any injury, illness or trauma you may have sustained due to a failed anaesthetic. Where there is evidence of negligence, you could win a cash payout to help you cope with the stress of an incident and to cover any loss of wages you may have sustained as a result of the incident. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t have to suffer any losses and can only benefit from claiming compensation with us. We will take you step by step through the process and will help you obtain any evidence we may need to make your claim go more smoothly. Our phone lines are free to call and are open 24/7 or you can start your claim online with our quick 30-second test.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown