Supreme Court Awards Rs. 1.8 crore To Tamil Nadu Girl Who Became Blind From Medical Negligence

After the landmark judgment of Rs. 11.5 crore awarded because of negligent death of Anuradha Saha, Supreme Court awarded another historic compensation to the tune of Rs. 1.8 crore to another victim medical negligence (see news below). Apex Court division bench of Justices Mr. J.S. Khehar and Mr. S.A. Bobde delivered this historic judgment yesterday in a case where a newborn child lost her vision due to a botched retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) surgery back in 1996. Ironically, the surgery was performed at Government Hospital for Women and Children at Egmore in Chennai. The National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) awarded only Rs. 5 lakh compensation which was challenged before the Supreme Court by the child’s father, Mr. Krishnakumar, for enhancement of the award. The Apex Court eventually awarded Rs. 1.8 crore including Rs. 42.8 lakh for medical expenses. In Anuradha Saha case, NCDRC initially awarded only Rs. 1.7 crore compensation which was enhanced by the Supreme Court to the tune of Rs. 11.5 crore (including interest) against three senior Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) and AMRI Hospital in Kolkata.
Ind. Express (July 2, 2015) SC awards Rs. 1.8 crore