Intensive Care and Anaesthetics Negligence

Everyone will have read horror stories of being awake during an operation. This is very rare but, unfortunately, it does happen. Such an experience can result in severe psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression or in the worst cases post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Anaesthetic Brain Damage & Stroke

Other mistakes made by anaesthetists during surgery, such as not properly monitoring blood pressure, can lead to strokes, brain damage and even death.

Many of the medical negligence team at Hodge Jones & Allen have medical training. Consequently we are very aware of the risks of anaesthesia. If you or a loved one have had this experience then you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact the team for Free Consultation

Types of anaesthetics claims

Epidural claims

Epidural complications are very rare but sometimes the procedure can go wrong. Our specialist solicitors have acted for patient who have suffered with a “total spinal block” or what is sometime called a “high spinal block”.

The theory of epidurals is to administer the required drugs into the epidural space via a catheter. Problems can arise if the catheter is wrongly sited. This can then lead to the patient being unable to breathe and the symptoms must be recognised quickly to prevent a serious brain injury or death.

Spinal headache cases

Another complication of a spinal anaesthesia is called a ‘spinal headache’. 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.

In one case in which our solicitors acted, the patient was offered a blood patch to cure the spinal headache but decided not to proceed with this. Her condition deteriorated and her symptoms of continually leaking cerebrospinal fluid (severe headaches) were not diagnosed. Sadly the patient passed away due to her delayed treatment.

Blood pressure during general anaesthetic

Other mistakes made by anaesthetists during surgery can relate to failing to properly monitor and/ or control blood pressure. If the patient’s blood pressure is not properly maintained this case can lead to a stroke, brain damage and even death.

No Win No Fee claims with Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

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 is no financial risk to you.

How to bring an Intensive Care and Anaesthetics negligence claim

  • History of your complaint

At the initial Free consultation 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.

  • Legal process guide

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.

  • Time limit

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.

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