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Anaesthetic negligence claims

If you or your family have suffered a serious injury as a result of negligence by an anaesthetist, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our anaesthetic negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Our medical negligence solicitors have extensive experience in concluding anaesthetic error claims on a No win no fee basis.

'Anaesthetic' includes general, where the patient is unconscious and local, where the area of the body being treated is numbed.

Most anaesthetic negligence claims involve error by the anaesthetist during surgery. These mistakes can be minor, but can have devastating effects.

Such injuries include:

  • Brain damage due to failure to correctly intubate, depriving the patient of oxygen
  • The patient feeling pain because the anaesthetic administered was ineffective (anaesthetic awareness)
  • Nerve injury through negligent damage caused by injections, epidurals and nerve blocks

We have extensive experience acting for patients who have suffered medical negligence due to equipment failure or substandard care by an anaesthetist, or because of inappropriate treatment in intensive care.  

Brain damage involving anaesthetic error

Patients can suffer catastrophic brain damage and stroke because of anaesthetic error during surgery or equipment failure.

Risk to the brain continues beyond the operating room. Post-operatively, generally the longer the patient is dependent on physiological support systems, the higher the risk of neurological deficit.

Anaesthetic awareness

Patients can find themselves conscious during an operation performed under general anaesthetic. The experience of pain and helplessness can be traumatic and can cause significant psychological injury.

Our medical negligence team has many years' experience pursuing claims on behalf of clients who have been conscious during surgery.

Nerve injury

Injury can result when anaesthetic is wrongly injected into the spinal cord or when nerves are damaged during the course of an injection. Some injuries can cause serious pain and disability.

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.