Fortunately, it is very rare for mistakes in anaesthesia to lead to serious injury. However, in the small chance that they do occur, the consequences can be devastating, sometimes leading to brain injury and death.
In this case, you or a loved one may have sustained an injury due to anaesthetic clinical negligence and you may be able to make an anaesthetic awareness claim. Call Longden Walker & Renney’s medical negligence team on 0191 5666 500 to see if you have a claim, or tell us what happened via our no obligation online enquiry form.
Your claim may be covered by our No Win No Fee agreement and our helpful solicitors will always let you know upfront if there are any additional financial benefits you could be entitled to throughout the legal process.
Local anaesthetic and general anaesthetic are two types of medication commonly used to numb the body during some types of surgery. A local anaesthetic is often used during minor procedures; the patient remains fully conscious, and only a small area of the body is numbed.
General anaesthesia, however, is essential for surgical procedures in which it is safer and more comfortable for the patient to remain unconscious throughout.
There are common side effects to general anaesthetics, such as nausea and vomiting after surgery. There are also complications and risks, which are more likely to occur in cases involving major surgery or emergency surgery. These include serious allergic reactions to the anaesthetic (anaphylaxis) or in serious - albeit rarer - cases, an inherited reaction to the anaesthetic and death.
Other types of anaesthetic include:
- Regional anaesthetic. A local anaesthetic given to a defined region of the body, usually served by a large nerve bundle (such as the arm), giving numbness or pain relief for deeper operations where more extensive numbness is needed.
- Epidural anaesthetic. A regional anaesthetic often used in childbirth as a form of pain relief.
- Spinal anaesthetic. A regional anaesthetic used to numb the lower parts of the body.
- Sedation. Medication used to induce sleep and relaxation.
Medical Negligence in Anaesthetics
Some examples of mistakes with anaesthetic include:
- Anaesthetics injected into the spinal cord or into nerves in error, causing nerve and spinal cord injuries that often result in severe pain and serious disability;
- Failure to properly monitor blood pressure leading to brain damage and stroke;
- And more rarely, anaesthetic awareness, in which patients wake during surgery due to poor monitoring of the anaesthetics being administered.
If you believe yourself or a loved one has suffered any of the above, you can get access to expert legal representation and advice with Longden Walker & Renney’s clinical negligence lawyers on 0191 5666 500.
With years of experience in clinical negligence cases, our solicitors at Longden Walker & Renney can fully understand and appreciate the physical, emotional and financial problems caused, particularly in serious injury cases. Once you’ve been in touch, we can assess your case and advise as to whether you have a viable anaesthetic compensation claim.
If your case has the potential to succeed, we will carry out full investigations and gather all of the necessary medical and expert evidence needed for us to fight for the compensation you deserve.
To see if you have an anaesthetic awareness claim, contact Longden Walker & Renney’s clinical negligence solicitors on 0191 5666 500 or fill out our online enquiry form. You will be under no obligation if you decide not to go ahead with your claim after your free initial advice session.