Anyone who has ever had to undergo surgery will know that it is a very traumatic experience. However experienced the surgeon and their team are there is always a niggling concern or worry. For one patient that doubt was almost erased when he did wake up…just before the procedure began! He has since received compensation for his experience.

The patient was due to undergo an appendectomy, which is a procedure to remove the appendix. After receiving general anaesthetic he awoke to the sound of beeping and people talking before realising he was in the operating theatre with the surgery about to take place. The patient tried to alert medical staff that he was awake but was unable to move or make a noise. He eventually managed to draw attention to the fact her was conscious before more anaesthetic was injected and he “went back under” for the remainder of the procedure.

Many people on admission to hospital are at their most vulnerable. They seek confidence and reassurance from the medical professionals treating them that they will receive the care they require before returning home in better condition that when they arrived. There are frequent reports in the news that the NHS is a resource that is stretched, with reducing numbers of doctors and nurses and increased pressure on those that remain. This should not, however, prevent you from receiving the care you deserve.


During any surgical procedure each team is made up of various doctors and nurses. Each of those individuals has a specific role to fulfil whilst in the operating theatre. You, as a patient, can expect that each member of that operating team has the required skills and training to perform the role they are there to perform and that those roles will be performed to a “reasonable standard.” When the care or treatment you receive falls below a reasonable standard you may be entitled to receive compensation.


To be successful in any claim for compensation arising out of negligent treatment whilst in hospital it is necessary to prove that the treatment received caused harm in some way. That harm does not always have to be physical harm. In the case of the patient described above, he avoided any physical injury due to his ability to draw attention to the fact he was awake. The harm he suffered was emotional in the form of panic attacks and psychological in that he experienced disturbed sleep patterns after the event.


At Jordans Solicitors we have a dedicated team of professionals experienced in pursuing claims for compensation against hospitals and medical professionals on behalf of clients arising from a variety of physical, emotional and psychiatric injuries. We understand that a traumatic experience whilst in hospital can impact upon you beyond recovery from any physical issues and work closely with you to ensure you receive the rehabilitation you require.


If you have been a victim of medical negligence whilst in hospital and would like to know if you may be entitled to receive compensation please contact a member of our clinical negligence team on 01924 457 171 or request a callback.




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