Medical negligence cases come in all hues and degrees of gravity. But the end result is always painful–not just mental but also physical.
Even when medical negligence is not actually killing people, it still lands unsuspecting individuals in severely tormenting situations for no real fault on their part. Either way, no amount of compensation actually ‘compensates’ the victims of medical negligence–it is just the best that can be done which is obviously never enough.
A consumer from Hyderabad, suffering from chronic lower back pain and numbness in left limb approached Kamineni Hospital at King Koti for treatment. A horrible mess up ensued after she was advised surgery. She underwent surgery in 2006 but the pain soon reappeared and her condition deteriorated despite continued treatment and repeated hospitalizations.
She was eventually advised to go for a permanent implantation and a spinal cord stimulator. The surgery. worth over 3.5 lakhs in terms of costs failed and the implants had to be removed. She was in no condition to undergo the surgery again. When the hospital refused to refund the cost of stimulator, she approached consumer forum.
The Hyderabad Consumer Forum concluded that deficiency in service by the hospital “deems to be proved” and ordered the hospital management to pay Rs 1.5 lakh compensation and Rs 5,000 towards litigation in September 2012.
We just wonder–even if she gets the compensation eventually, does it really make a difference to her condition. In the end, she is still left suffering with chronic pain and complications, probably for the rest of her life.
Is any compensation appropriate for a life long worth of trouble?
Hospital Asked To Pay 1.5L For Medical Negligence (Times of India)