Anaesthetic Awareness Claims

Anaesthetic awareness

Anaesthetists are highly trained specialists who assess patients before their procedures and play an important role in giving care to them before, during and after surgery. Most procedures involving an anaesthetist pass without incident, however, sometimes mistakes can happen which can lead to an extremely distressing incident for the patient. If you have undergone a surgical procedure where you became conscious during the operation, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against the healthcare provider who treated you. On this page, you will find general information to consider before making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.

Here at McCarthy + Co, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors have decades of experience in dealing with many different types of negligent behaviour in healthcare settings, including anaesthetic awareness claims. Becoming conscious during surgery can be a frightening and painful ordeal with long-term mental health implications. If you have experienced anaesthetic awareness during surgery, our expert medical negligence team will be able to advise you on whether you might have a case and then guide you towards winning the compensation that you deserve.

Bringing an anaesthetic awareness compensation claim

It is rare for the administration of anaesthetic to go wrong but there are several scenarios that can be the potential cause for it. If you have suffered on-going physical or mental health problems such as those listed below, our team might be able to take on your case and help you to bring your compensation claim.

  • Pain during surgery – if you suffered significantly as a result of becoming conscious during surgery.
  • Anxiety, sleeplessness, and nightmares – if you have suffered with recurring sleep issues after your surgery.
  • Fear of medical treatment and hospitals – if you have developed a fear of medical staff, doctors and/or hospitals.
  • Painful flashbacks – if you are beset by regular flashbacks to your surgery experience.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – if you have developed symptoms of PTSD following your treatment.

How do I make a start on bringing my claim?

The impact of anaesthetic awareness can have a significant long-term effect on your well-being, and you deserve to be properly compensated for it. If you have suffered because of issues similar to those above, you should document your experiences as soon as possible after your surgery. You then need to get in touch with qualified medical negligence solicitors, who can investigate your claim, help you to determine your case, and advise you on the likely levels of compensation you might be able to seek.

Useful resources

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of healthcare scenarios, including negligent anaesthetic administrations. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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Start Your Anaesthetic Awareness Claim

If you have suffered anaesthetic awareness during surgery, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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