ENT specialist treats burn injury patient, fined Rs 4 lakh for negligence

31 July, 2014

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), while setting aside an order of the Bihar State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, held a doctor guilty of medical negligence and directed him to pay a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to a man who lost his hand due to his treatment. The aggrieved, Jai Prakash Mehta, a resident of Bihar sustained serious burn injuries on his right arm due to electric shock while working on the electrification of a railway line as a contract labourer on June 26, 1998. He was taken to Dr B N Rai, an ENT specialist, under whom the aggrieved underwent treatment for over two weeks following which there was further deterioration of the burn injuries on his right arm. Dr Rai then referred him to the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sir Sunderlal Hospital, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, where he was informed that gangrene had set in which could not be reversed and his arm had to be amputated.