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Epidural Anaesthesia Compensation Claims
This page is about making claims for epidural anaesthesia complications. If you are looking for information on anaesthetic awareness, please click here to see how we can help you to make a claim.
If you have suffered from a long-lasting condition or injury as a result of having an epidural that was administered incorrectly, we can help you to claim compensation. JMW Solicitors has helped many individuals in your position, and our medical negligence experts are well placed to provide advice at this difficult time.
To speak to an expert at JMW about your claim, or to simply find out more on how we can help you, call our friendly team today on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will arrange a call back at a convenient time.
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Our solicitors know exactly what it takes to succeed in clinical negligence cases related to epidurals. With many years of experience in dealing with similar claims, our team will provide you with the help and advice you require to make a successful claim.
Members of our clinical negligence team are on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel, as well as the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence, which means you can rest assured your case is in safe hands.
Where appropriate, we handle cases on a no win, no fee basis. To see if you are eligible, contact our team today.
What happens during an epidural?
Epidural anaesthesia, which is more commonly referred to as an epidural, is the term used to describe the numbing of the nerves entering the spinal cord from the lower part of the body by injecting anaesthetic medicine into the epidural space.
This small space lies within the spine, just outside the outer covering of the spinal cord at mid-lower back level. It is where the nerves supplying the uterus and lower body leave the spine. As a result, the chest, abdomen, pelvic area and legs can be numbed following an epidural.
It is administered through a needle while the patient is sat down and leaning forwards, or lying on one side with their knees drawn up beneath their chin, so that the spaces between the spine are opened up and the needle can access the epidural space more easily.
An epidural usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes to take effect. Once it has taken effect, it will last for a couple of hours; however, during labour or after surgery, it is commonly topped up via the epidural catheter within the needle and can therefore last much longer.
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If you or a loved one have suffered from conditions due to negligence during an epidural, such as nerve damage or a puncture of the dura, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Our team is here to help you through every step of the process, providing you with the expert advice to get the outcome you deserve.