Medical negligence: SGPGI asked to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation
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Last Updated: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:22
New Delhi: The National Consumer Commission has directed a premier medical institute to pay a compensation of Rs one lakh to a person who suffered permanent disability in his left hand due to "collective negligence" of its doctors and paramedical staff.

"Considering the bare description of the nature and extent of the permanent disability suffered by the complainant ...caused by the negligent act of the staff and doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), we are of the view that a lump sum compensation of Rs one lakh should be awarded," the Commission bench, comprising Members Justice R C Jain and Anupam Dasgupta, said.

A resident of Nepal, S P Aggarwal had approached the apex consumer body claiming Rs 18 lakh compensation besides challenging Uttar Pradesh State Consumer Commission's order absolving the medical institute from the charge of negligence.

"The affidavit and the documents filed by Aggarwal were entitled to due consideration and the UP State Commission ought to have taken a view based on the intrinsic value of this relevant and important evidence," the Commission said.

Perusing the medical records, it noted that continuing complaints of severe pain and swelling in the left hand and forearm of Aggarwal were due to extravasation that he suffered owing to wrong administration of drug.

According to medical terminology, extravasation injury refers to the damage caused by leakage of solutions from the vein to the surrounding tissue spaces during intravenous administration.

Aggarwal's medical records reflected that the doctors and paramedics of SGPGI collectively tried to dilute the gravity of the injury and no follow-up treatment was mentioned in his discharge certificate, leading to aggravating of his complications, the Commission said.

"More important is the failure of the institute to take due cognisance of the injury caused due to extravasation and initiate appropriate steps to treat the ensuing problems faced by Aggarwal. This is clearly evidenced by complete silence of the Discharge Summary," it said.

The Commission made it clear that proper treatment of the main problem did not set the wrong things right due to the medical negligence of its doctors and paramedics.

"Assuming that the institute did well in giving proper treatment for ulcer, it would not set off the damage done to the left hand and forearm of the complainant due to its collective negligence in timely diagnosis of the complication. The fact is that he has suffered permanent disability," the Commission said.

Aggarwal went to the medical institute for treatment of ulcer in 1996. However, he was injected a solution wrongly by a sister leaving him in pain which culminated into permanent disability of his left hand.


First Published: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:22

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