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 experienced complications from epidural anaesthesia due to the negligence of a trusted medical professional, you are entitled to seek compensation for the physical and emotional suffering you have experienced.

We have acted on behalf of many clients whose epidural has unfortunately left them with long-lasting conditions and injuries, such as nerve damage or a puncture of the dura. The solicitors on our clinical negligence team are considered leaders in their field and our combined experience and expertise will give you the best possible chance of recovering the compensation that you deserve.

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 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will arrange a call back at a convenient time.

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Epidural Anaesthesia Explained

Epidural anaesthesia, more commonly known 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 what is known as 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 via a needle while a 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 20-30 minutes to take effect. Once it has taken effect it will last for a couple of hours, but during labour or after surgery it can be topped up via the epidural catheter within the needle and therefore last much longer.

  1. What Are the Risks of an Epidural?

    Epidural anaesthesia has been used for many years and is on the whole a safe and reliable technique, but complications do occasionally arise.

    The most common complications include:

    • Infections and abscesses
    • Low blood pressure
    • Dural puncture, also known as 'wet tap'
    • Epidural haematoma - a collection of blood that could put pressure on the spinal cord
    • Nerve damage

    If you have experienced complications due to epidural anaesthesia, you should contact an experienced clinical negligence solicitor as a matter of urgency.

  2. Who Administers an Epidural?

    An epidural is always given by an anaesthetist, who locates the epidural space by inserting a thin hollow needle into the lower part of the spine. A small plastic tube is then introduced into the back through the needle and left in position when the needle is removed. The tube is usually connected to an automatic pump that is adjusted to introduce a certain amount of medicine every hour.

  3. At What Point in Childbirth Is an Epidural Given?

    In childbirth, the epidural is usually started in the early stages of labour but can be given at any time.  It is fully effective in about 95% of cases and up to 40% of women in UK hospitals have an epidural while giving birth, although the figures do vary between hospitals.

    Although midwives and anaesthetists can recommend an epidural, patients have the final say. It is most frequently used during:

    • Particularly painful or complicated labour
    • A caesarean section
    • The delivery of twins or triplets

  4. When Is an Epidural Used?

    Epidural anaesthesia is commonly used in childbirth to alleviate the pain of labour and is increasingly used in certain surgical procedures, such as abdominal surgery, to treat post-operative pain, as well as to avoid the risks of a general anaesthetic.

Why Choose JMW?

Our solicitors know exactly what it takes to succeed in clinical negligence cases related to epidurals. With many years of experience successfully dealing with similar claims, our team will provide you with all the help and advice that you need during this difficult time.

With members of our team on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence, you can be sure that your case is in safe hands. Where appropriate, we take on cases on a no win, no fee basis. To see if you are eligible, contact our team today.

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If you or a loved one has suffered from complications following epidural anaesthesia, 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.

For a no obligation conversation about your case, call JMW today on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.


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