The suburban district consumer forum has held a Govandi-based doctor guilty of negligence in treating one of his patients and ordered him to pay the complainant Rs 3 lakh as compensation.
The case dates back to March 14, 2002, when Vidhyavasini Rajbhar, 36, approached Dr Sanjy Patil for treatment of cold and cough which resulted in chest pain.
Rajbhar has claimed in his complaint that after the doctor examined him, Dr Patil told him that he would have to be administered an injection. However, to his surprise, the doctor's assistant administered the injection.
"Because of the injection, Rajbhar started getting pain in his right hip and leg and he felt numbness and a tingling sensation. After sometime, his leg became stiff and heavy, and he could not walk or even stand," reads the complaint.
He then approached the doctor and complained to him about the adverse effect of the injection. The doctor then consoled him saying he need not worry and that he would get relief soon.
However, on March 17, 2002, the condition of his right leg worsened and Rajbhar was unable to walk. He again approached Dr Patil, who then asked him to approach some other doctor. Rajbhar then approached Shushrusha Hospital.
The doctors at the hospital diagnosed that Rajbhar had right tibia and personal nerve lesion with mild sensory motor neuropathy. He was then referred to Dr. Vaijayanti Bidaye, a physiotherapist.
Rajbhar, who used to work as a driver, claimed that due to the incident, he had become a cripple and could not earn a living. He then approached the consumer forum seeking compensation from Dr Patil for physical loss and mental agony.
Dr Patil claimed before the forum that Rajbhar's complaint was false, frivolous and not based on facts, and said the complaint had been filed with the intention of extracting money.
The forum, after going through the evidence, said that records showed the complainant had suffered permanent disability. It further opined that the doctor had failed to take reasonable care expected from a competent practitioner of his class, and ordered him to pay Rajbhar compensation.