£30,000 compensation awarded after anaesthetic awareness during operation

The Medical Negligence group recovered £30,000 in compensation for a 32 year old woman who suffered serious psychiatric injury as a result of anaesthetic awareness during an operation performed in April 2011.

The woman suffers from Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and she underwent an operation in April 2011 to insert a lumbar-peritoneal shunt as part of the management of her condition. Due to inadequate anaesthetic, the woman experienced the last 30 to 40 minutes of the operation, including the peritoneal incision and suturing. She suffered excruciating pain, inability to move and a feeling as though she were about to die.

Despite undergoing psychological therapy she continues to have extremely bad nightmares and flashbacks and has regular panic attacks.

The defendants admitted liability at an early stage. Following the defendants admission, the group instructed a psychiatrist to assess the injuries she had suffered as a result of the negligence. The psychiatrist diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Secondary Panic Disorder with agoraphobia and Adjustment Disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood. Psychological therapy was recommended.

Following receipt of the psychiatrist’s report a settlement of £30,000 was negotiated by the group. There was no cost to the client in bringing the claim.

The service provided was first class. You were understanding, caring and professional

David Froud

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