Intensive Care and Anaesthetics Negligence
Mistakes during operations are incredibly rare, but, unfortunately, they do happen from time to time. When it comes to dealing with anaesthetics, this can be particularly terrifying, stressful and cause long term damage for those who are suffering as a result.
Most anaesthetic medical negligence happens during surgery, where even the smallest of mistakes can have serious consequences.
Everyone will have read horror stories of someone being awake during an operation. Although rare, such an experience can result in severe psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression or in the worst cases post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other mistakes can lead to strokes, brain damage and even death.
At Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, we have decades of experience in dealing with all kinds of medical negligence cases. If you are suffering as a result of anaesthetics negligence, get in touch to find out how we can help you make a claim.
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
At Hodge, Jones and Allen Solicitors, we know the impact that anaesthetics can have on you and your loved ones. From loss of earnings to death, the results of negligent practice can be devastating. That’s why you can trust us to pursue claims and build cases against those who have acted improperly. We fight your corner by building evidence, finding out what happened and representing you every step of the way.
Many of the medical negligence team at Hodge Jones & Allen have medical training. Thanks to this, we are very aware of the risks of anaesthesia. So, if you or a loved one have experienced this then you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Funding your case
The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means there’s no financial risk to you when you make a claim.
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Anaesthetic negligence claim types
There are a wide range of different types of anaesthetics used by medical professionals. This means that are a number of ways negligence can lead to problems. Some of the most common issues we see include:
Our specialist solicitors have acted for patient who have suffered with a “total spinal block” or what is sometime called a “high spinal block”.
Spinal headaches are caused by leaking spinal fluid through the puncture hole in the tough membrane (the dura) that surrounds the spinal cord. If the leakage is not stopped the pressure exerted by the spinal fluid on the brain and spinal cord begins to drop, which leads to a headache.
Blood pressure during general anaesthetic
If the patient’s blood pressure is not properly maintained, it can lead to a stroke, brain damage and even death.
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How to make an intensive care and anaesthetics negligence claim?
If you feel you have grounds for a compensation claim, start by contacting us for a free initial consultation. Here, we will take a history of your complaint, details of the injury you have sustained in the hospital and the impact this has had on you and your family. Our medical negligence experts will then assess your options and provide you with advice on the way forward based on the information provided, including your funding options.
Once we have the details of your complaint and expert medical reports, your solicitor will be able to explain to you what went wrong and guide you through the legal process. We will fight on your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome for you and the amount of compensation you deserve.
What is the time limit on an anaesthetics negligence claim?
Most medical negligence claims have to be issued in court within three years of the date of your injury, or within three years of when you discovered that your injury may have been negligently caused. However, there are special rules for children (who have until their 21st birthday to issue their claim) and for people not capable of managing their own affairs.