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£1M compensation awarded over alleged botched anaesthetic during dental extraction

Posted on 15 February 2013

The Ann Burrow Thomas Health Centre in Workington will pay out £1 million in compensation to a 22-year-old man from Cumbria whose brain was damaged during a tooth extraction surgery when he was just six years old, the News and Star reported.

According to legal papers submitted to Carlisle County Court, the patient was under general anaesthetic while having a tooth out at the medical centre in 1997. During the operation, however, the youngster's heart collapsed and he stopped breathing as a result of oxygen shortage, which caused severe brain damage. The claim states that this was a result of the anaesthetic having been administered incorrectly.

North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages the two main hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, admitted that staff at the health centre failed to resuscitate the patient early enough and has agreed to settle out of court, although lawyers cannot agree on the damage that may have been caused by the incident.

According to the patient's psychological assessment written by Dr Eric Ghadiali in 2009, the man had sustained a brain injury which hampered his intellectual development, affecting his capacity to learn and causing "severe behavioural problems." He was expelled from school and even had a police record for various violations including driving offences, arson and theft. The report also claims that if the man's behaviour problems persist, he won't be able to find a job. The youngster has never worked and has been receiving incapacity benefit since he was 16 years old.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said that the trust was satisfied with the settlement reached.

If you have received sub-standard dental treatment and suffered injury as a result, you may be entitled to make a dental negligence compensation claim. For a free confidential discussion about your case, contact Pardoes specialist team of medical negligence solicitors on 0800 862 0442, click here to contact your local office or submit an online enquiry.

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