Anaesthetic negligence claims
Illnesses and injuries caused by anaesthetic negligence can be both traumatic and life-changing. If you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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What are anaesthetic injury claims?
When mistakes made by an anaesthesiologist the effects can be devastating. Where mistakes have been made, and you suffer a subsequent injury or illness, or if you woke up during an operation, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence.
What are the most common causes of anaesthetic injuries?
There are different scenarios, which can lead to an anaesthetic claim:
Finding yourself awake during a surgical operation is extremely traumatic. Although it's quite rare, patients can not only suffer pain but also feel completely helpless. It can lead to serious psychological damage, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Anaesthetic nerve and spinal cord injuries
Patients can suffer injuries when anaesthetics are mistakenly injected into the spinal cord or into nerves. Injections can damage nerves. These injuries can result in severe pain and serious disability.
Anaesthetic brain damage and stroke
Patients can suffer very serious injuries if anaesthetists make mistakes during operations. In the worst cases, people have suffered brain damage or strokes because their blood pressure was not regulated properly.
How much can I claim for anaesthetic negligence?
Every anaesthetic negligence case is different, and the final amount of compensation awarded will be based on the severity of the injury and the affect the injury has had on your life. Additionally, you’ll also be able to claim for any lost earnings, any long-term care, and any necessary to maximise the chance of recovery and independent living. To establish your full legal position, call us on freephone .
How much time do I have to claim?
If you believe you have a claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales. Generally, a claim should be made within three years from the date the negligence occurred or the date you were first aware that you had suffered a significant injury or illness due to negligence. However, there are exceptions. To read more about the time limits of making a claim, please read our or our .
How much does it cost to make an anaesthetic negligence claim?
The majority of our anaesthetic negligence claims are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, otherwise known as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means if you lose your case, you won't have to pay any fees and therefore, there’s no financial risk to you. For further information, about No Win No Fee agreements, read our .
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Not only do we have many years’ experience securing compensation for anaesthetic negligence claims, we also have the utmost sensitivity to handle your case with great care.
We offer home and hospital visits and provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support. Contact us for a free consultation to help you understand whether or not you have a claim.
Anna's story - Brain injury from anaesthetic
"I learnt to walk and talk again against all odds after mistakes were made in my appendix surgery."
I cannot recommend Slater and Gordon enough, throughout the entire period of the case, all the staff have been both very professional, and supportive. Mr Q (medical negligence client)
I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything Slater and Gordon have done to fight this case for us. I appreciate it has involved a lot of people. Please can you also thank the expert witnesses who have provided their expertise and help. Mr and Mrs H (medical negligence client)
Kept informed regularly as to how my claim was going, prompt replies to any questions I had, excellent customer service at all times. Excellent service from all staff that have been involved in my claim. Ms S (medical negligence client)