It is estimated that approximately 1 in 1000 patients experience some level of consciousness on the operating table. In some cases, this does not result in any significant loss or discomfort. However, if the patient experiences sensation or pain or is able to see the operation in progress, it may be extremely traumatic, even resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder or an associated psychological condition.
During medical procedures, anaesthetic drugs are used to induce a state of unconsciousness so that the patient is not aware of sensation or pain. A specialist doctor known as an anaesthetist is responsible for administering and monitoring anaesthetic drugs during a procedure. Failure to properly administer anesthetics may lead to serious medical complications.
Common errors made by anesthetists include:
Whether or not you can make a claim for negligence depends on a number of factors. Making a claim for medical negligence depends on a number of factors.
How much compensation you are entitled to will depend on how much damage or loss you have suffered. In a negligence action, compensation is broken down into components called heads of damage.
The court will award a specific amount of compensation for each of the following heads of damage:
If you think you have a claim for medical negligence arising from inadequate anesthesia, talk to us about your prospects of getting compensation. We have direct experience with this type of claim and advise you of your options.
It’s important to get advice for your specific situation. Check if you can make a risk-free compensation claim and get free initial advice from our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.