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Rs. 25.5 Lakh Compensation for Botched Brain Surgery: PBT President Argues to Win For Widow and Victim’s Family

In a historic judgment delivered yesterday, the West Bengal Consumer Commission has awarded Rs. 25.5 lakh (including litigation cost of Rs. 50 thousand) to the widow of a government worker who died due to a botched brain surgery and follow up treatment by Dr. Alok Kumar Khan, senior neurosurgeon and ex-head of Neurosurgery at R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, a government medical college in Kolkata. This case was fought by PBT after the victim’s widow with two young children came to PBT seeking help as the family was devastated following the unexpected death of her husband. In fact, PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, personally appeared and argued the case before the State Commission last December coming all the way from his permanent residence in USA.

Another unique aspect of this case is that the guilty physician, Dr. Khan, chose not to appear before the consumer court as he refused to accept repeated notices from the court as the case had to be decided ex perte by the State Commission. The doctor and nursing home (owned by the doctor) where the botched surgery took place in 2009 also refused to provide the medical records to the victim’s family in candid violation of law. Ironically, the West Bengal Medical Council as well as the State Health Department also remained as silent spectator despite repeated appeals for justice from the victim’s family. The court has ordered that Dr. Khan must give the compensation of Rs. 25.5 lakh to the victim’s family within 60 days failing which an interest at the rate of 9% will be added to the award (see the full judgment below). PBT has been helping victims across India to find justice and to bring an end to the rampant incidence of medical negligence and healthcare corruption.

WB State Commission Judgment (Feb, 2016) Shyamali Sikdar case

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  • Ganesh Manedal February 27, 2016, 11:51 am

    Thanks to Dr. Kunal Saha / PBT for his hard work towards this win. It is a great victory for the PBT and victim’s family. Please publish this news through all medias. PBT’s work is very much appreciated.

  • Rohit Goyal February 29, 2016, 5:13 am

    Really appreciate Dr. Kunal Saha’s selfless service for the society. Big victory for PBT family. Thank you.

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti February 29, 2016, 10:58 am

    Congratulation for this unique victory. This has only been possible because of Dr. Saha’s cogent arguments in the brief and expert handling during hearing of the case where I had the chance to listen with rapt attention. Please extend such help in other cases with such indomitable spirit. Wishing you grand success in all our future fights.

  • RADHAKRISHNA PILANIA March 3, 2016, 8:21 pm

    What a great service you are providing to the victims of medical negligence with out any self interest and that also by coming all the way from the US every time you are approached by the hapless victims. God bless you and I personally feel that the authorities controlling the Nobel foundation should devise a method for creating a separate new category to award Dr Kunal Saha a Nobel prize for his selfless services to the medical negligence victims with his “TAN, MAN AND DHAN”. I am looking forward to a day when the current Nobel authorities create yet another category for the kind of such humanitarian services Dr Saha is offering to the said victims who have neither the resources nor the knowledge to combat the corrupt medical authorities!!!

  • Parag March 5, 2016, 12:55 am

    Congratulations and a lot of heartfelt respect for Dr. Kunal Saha and PBT!! Also earnest condolences to the family for their loss!

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag