Anaesthetic Claims

Anaesthesia can be induced and maintained by drugs injected into a vein (intravenous anaesthesia) or by the use of anaesthetic gases inhaled by the patient (inhalational anaesthesia). These methods are often combined.

Your anaesthetist will ask about your past and present health, smoking habits, alcohol consumption and any medicines you are taking. It is also important for the anaesthetist to know of drug allergies and whether you, or members of your family, have had an abnormal response to an anaesthetic. This is because there are rare, inherited conditions, where individuals react abnormally to anaesthetic drugs or paralysing agents (muscle relaxants).

Modern anaesthesia is very safe. Deaths occur in the UK in approximately one in every 200,000 anaesthetics administered. The risk for an individual undergoing surgery, however, increases when they have pre-existing medical conditions or the operation is complicated. For example, the death rate for coronary artery surgery is currently 1-2%.

The chance of a patient being awake (ie: able to re-call events during an operation) is calculated to be approximately one in 1,000, which seems quite high. Thankfully, the risk that a patient will experience pain if awake is considerably less than this!

Unfortunately, potentially fatal mistakes can be made when the patient’s medication regime or allergies are not noted properly. Alternatively, there are times when a tube gets disconnected or a patient’s vital signs fail and they go unnoticed in time to prevent permanent damage or death from occurring. When preventable errors happen, the effects can be devastating and we can help you receive an explanation and even an apology for what went wrong, as well as damages in your time of financial need.

At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01684 299633 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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