24-Year-Old Awarded Rs 10 Lakh Compensation 23 Years After Losing Her Thumb In Odisha’s Angul
Cuttack: A girl, who lost her right thumb allegedly due to medical negligence when she was 16 months old, was awarded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh by SCDRC 23 years after the incident.
As per the case filed with the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) in Cuttack, the girl, Puja Sahu sustained snake bite while playing on May 23, 1999. Her parents rushed her to Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd-run Nehru Satabdi Central Hospital in Talcher of Angul district. Due to delay in her treatment, gangrene set in on her right thumb and it had to be amputated.
After she was discharged from the hospital on June 5, 1999, a complaint of medical negligence was filed on her behalf at the district consumer disputes redressal forum in Angul. Hearing the case, the forum on February 2, 2000 awarded a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to be paid by MCL to Puja within one month.
MCL filed an appeal against the forum’s order before SCDRC the same year. The SCDRC bench of Dr D P Choudhury (president), Dr P K Prusty and SL Pattnaik concurred with the finding of the district forum and announced the compensation on July 22.