Anaesthetic awareness occurs in about one per cent of patients in the United Kingdom who may recall the substantial details of a surgical procedure. In most cases the patient will be totally paralysed and unable to respond and of those people suffering from anaesthetic awareness about 10 per cent will have felt intense pain. Women undergoing an emergency caesarean section have the highest rate of anaesthetic awareness. You may be eligible for medical negligence compensation if your anaesthetist is found to be negligent in failing to ensure your medical welfare by subjecting you to intense pain as a result of clinical negligence.
Pain & Suffering Claims
Some incidents of anaesthetic awareness can be very traumatic, where intense pain was felt during the operation and psychological disturbances occur later on. Common side effects and sensations from inadequate anaesthesia include: pain from skin incisions; distress during the operation due to temporary paralysis while being awake but not being able to signal; subsequent psychological problems, including nightmares, depression and panic attacks. If medical negligence is proven, claims can be substantial especially for those with ongoing psychological problems.
Many people are resilient to anaesthetics and steps can be taken to minimise these cases, including thoroughly checking the patient’s medical history and administering adequate pre-medication. A case of medical negligence involving anaesthetic awareness is overwhelmingly caused by poor technique on the part of the anaesthetist, followed by faulty, unchecked or malfunctioning equipment. Administration of the wrong pharmaceutical drug is far less common.
UK Medical Negligence Solicitor
If you have suffered from anaesthetic awareness during a surgical operation and you believe that you were partially conscious and that you felt pain or if you are having psychological problems, you should contact a UK medical negligence solicitor with a view to making a compensation claim against the anaesthetist and the relevant healthcare authority. A UK medical negligence solicitor will almost certainly use the risk free no win no fee scheme if legal aid is not available.