Anaesthesia Awareness Claims

Anaesthetic is used to make sure you don’t feel pain during surgery. It’s a crucial process and can be very frightening if it goes wrong.


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Anaesthetists are qualified doctors who have chosen to specialise in anaesthesiology. They administer anaesthetic to make areas numb for surgery and reduce the amount of pain you can feel.

There are two types of anaesthesia:

  • General anaesthesia
    Injection or gas that makes you unconscious during your operation.
  • Local anaesthesia
    An injection that is intended to number a smaller, specific area of the body. With local anaesthetic, you remain conscious.

What is anaesthesia awareness?

Administering and monitoring anaesthesia levels is a complex and specialist area. The anaesthetist is responsible for making sure your vital signs and organs are unaffected during surgery.

It’s their job to monitor you closely for any changes and bring them to the attention of the surgeon, if necessary.

With general anaesthetic you need to be closely monitored to ensure you remain unconscious. If the dosage is not correct, there is a danger of waking up during an operation – this is known as ‘anaesthesia awareness’.

Thankfully, mistakes are rare in this area of medicine, but there is an element of risk:

  • Incorrect dosage of anaesthesia
  • Drugs administered in the wrong order
  • Medical professional unaware of existing conditions that could affect anaesthetic effectiveness
  • Failure to adequately monitor signs of distress in a patient – heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels
  • Leaving an anaesthetised patient unattended

Why make an anaesthetic failure claim?

Anaesthesia awareness can cause enormous psychological trauma, as well as physical symptoms.

Making a claim can recognise the pain and suffering (general damages) you’ve been through, together with any specific financial losses or expenses you have incurred as a result (known as special damages). This can include ongoing therapies and treatments, as well as loss of earnings.

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our specialist solicitors have many years’ experience in medical negligence claims, which can be difficult and complex.

They know how to put together a case to demonstrate breach in duty of care, leaving you to concentrate on recovery.

We also offer a No Win No Fee service for medical negligence claims in England and Wales.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Personal injury cases have to be raised within three years of the ‘date of knowledge’ – that is the date you became aware that a negligent action occurred.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Contact us for a free consultation. We’ll ask you questions about what you have experienced so that we can give you specific advice relating to your individual circumstances.

Advice is free and comes with no obligation to do anything further, unless you want to.


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