Doctor ordered to pay Rs 41 lakh as compensation for medical negligence leading to patient’s death

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Dr Ashit V Hegde to pay Rs 41 lakh as compensation to the family of a woman who died due to medical negligence.

The commission held that Dr Hegde “lacked skill and due care” while treating the patient for collection of fluid around her lungs, resulting in a rupture of her spleen that led to her death, reports ToI.

The commission held Dr Hegde personally blameworthy for the punctured spleen, which hastened the death. The order, dated March 31, 2017, said, “This was not a case of accident but blameworthy rashness…on the part of Dr Hegde.”

Swapna Tamhane was 35 years old when she died in 2002. A year later, her husband, Prashant Tamhane, approached the commission against the doctor attached to P D Hinduja Hospital as an intensivist, and the hospital.

However the hospital was not found at fault. “Hinduja Hospital has no role in the deficiencies in service rendered to the patient,” held Justice A P Bhangale, the commission president, and judicial member D R Shirasao.

The patient, who was suffering from chest pain, breathlessness and hepatitis, underwent a medical procedure on July 23, 2002, in the hospital’s casualty section, after being diagnosed with “pleural effusion”.

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