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Claimant awarded over £20,000 following an episode of anaesthetic awareness

13 Nov 2018

Sophie Moss, Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence team, acted on behalf of a client who was awarded £23,000 following an episode of anaesthetic awareness during a bronchoscopy procedure. As a result of the substandard care, our client developed acute features of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which required treatment with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and eye movement desensitisation and refocusing (EMDR).

In January 2017, our client suffered an accident at work and was admitted to hospital with injuries to her head, neck and chest.

On 17th January 2017, our client underwent a bronchoscopy procedure under general anaesthetic. However, during the procedure our client woke up from the sedation and developed situational awareness. As a result of the paralysing agent that had been administered, she was unable to move or alert the clinicians and she remained awake throughout the remainder of the procedure.

We wrote to the Defendant Trust in November 2017 setting out allegations of breach of duty and in their Letter of Response it was admitted that an inadequate level of sedation had been administered to our client during the bronchoscopy procedure resulting in a period of anaesthetic awareness.


We obtained supportive medical evidence from a Consultant Psychiatrist and were successful in negotiating a £23,000 settlement in full and final settlement of our client’s case. The settlement covered our client’s past and future losses which included pain, suffering and loss of amenity and the future cost of psychiatric treatment.

If you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence, please contact Sophie Moss, Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence team, or call 0191 232 8345.