Anaesthetist error - £50,000 in compensation

We recovered £50,000 compensation for our client, a 33 year old woman, for psychological injuries she suffered when anaesthetic drugs were given to her in the wrong order prior to surgery.

Anaesthetist error

The woman attended hospital in July 2009 and was due to have abdominal surgery. Unfortunately the anaesthetist administered Suxamethonium (a muscle relaxant) prior to Fentanyl (anaesthesia). As a result the woman had the experience of being fully conscious whilst becoming paralysed and unable to breathe.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As a result of the error the woman developed symptoms of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition to this, her PTSD is associated with anxiety and obsessive behaviours. She also developed panic disorder, agraphobia and depression. She requires further psychological therapy in the form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming Therapy (EMDRT).

The woman first contacted our medical negligence claims team in July 2009 and the case settled within 13 months. The settlement figure of £50,000 includes her psychological injuries, loss of earnings and care and assistance for her partner and children. There were no costs to our client in bringing this claim.

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

David Froud

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