Around Rs 1 crore demanded as compensation for medical negligence

28 September, 2016

More than Rs 1 crore inclusive of compensation and other amounts has been demanded by an advocate of Bhilai alleging medical negligence against three doctors in his complaint filed in Chhattisgarh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Pandri, Raipur. Bhilai Steel Plant, Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and Research Centre, Bhilai and the three doctors Dr Subodh Hiren, Dr Kaushalendra Thakur and Dr R Bisoi, who were in the Neurosurgery department of the hospital, are made the five opposite parties in the case, informed sources. 

To state briefly according to the complaint, the complainant advocate is Rajesh Agrawal, 56 years, resident of Sector-1, Bhilai, whose wife is a Bhilai Steel Plant employee. He has maintained that he fell down accidentally in his home and suffered injuries, but went to the above mentioned hospital himself and had full sense while undergoing 
check-up. His blood pressure was normal and the only problem he had was pain on the lower part of vertebral column. The above mentioned doctors admitted him in the hospital. 
The complainant has further maintained that during the hospital stay and before surgery, he was having full control over 
urination and defecation. After undergoing surgery, the entire lower portion below the waist became paralyzed and senseless and he lost control over passing urine and stools. It was result of improper fixation of steel screw. 
The complainant further maintained that he has become fully dependant on his family 
members and he has to incur heavy expenditure for treatment, medicines, physiotherapy and keeping attendant. 
On the other hand, practicing the profession of advocate has been badly affected and he has to pass through financial difficulty. 
According to the complaint, a legal notice was shot, but the non-applicants have denied medical negligence and 
denied compensation. Total compensation Rs 99,60,000 has been demanded on seven different counts as loss of earning capacity, physical disability, loss of income and others. Besides, interest on the amount at the rate of 18 per cent yearly from the date of filing complaint, Rs 20,000 have also demanded, the sources informed.