Claimant alleged she suffered awareness throughout surgical procedure for removal of placenta following delivery of her third child. Procedure was performed under spinal anaesthesia but Claimant said no care was taken to ensure this was adequate. She relied on anaesthetist’s notes indicating nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture was also used during the procedure, as evidence the initial block was inadequate. Claimant said she felt considerable pain during the procedure, was extremely distressed and crying and pushing the clinician’s hand away. She alleged Trust was negligent in failing to assess anaesthesia adequately, or if assessment had been carried out, ignoring her response that she felt sensation. Claimant was diagnosed with PTSD consequent to the incident and was said to suffer disturbed sleep and flashbacks.

Liability disputed.

Out of court settlement: £12,000 (General Damages £10,500).