Doctor on trial for alleged negligence and errors leading to death of patient
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
SIBU: A medical practitioner here was on trial in the High Court here yesterday in a civil suit for alleged negligence and committing diagnostic errors in treating his patient.
As a result, the patient did not receive effective treatment in time resulting in her death, it was alleged.
The doctor was named first defendant and his medical centre corporation, second defendant.
In the statement of claim filed through Wong, Orlando Chua & Kuok Advocates, the first plaintiff is the husband as well as one of the administrators of the estate of the late Ling Kiu Chuo (female) aged 76. The second plaintiff is the son as well as one of the administrators of the estate of the deceased.
It was stated that about 8.30pm on Mar 22, 2010, Ling fell down at home, sustained broken skin on her head, and complained of stiffness in the neck.
She was sent to the first defendant’s clinic, admitted and awarded at the second defendant, and treated and taken care of by the first and second defendants.
At the material time, she was a patient in the care of the first defendant and/or the second defendant at the given address.
She was warded and jointly taken care of by the first and second defendants for a period of 52 days from March 22, 2010 to May 12, 2010.
Among others, the plaintiffs claim from the first defendant, special damages in the aggregated sum of RM199,077.48 with interest of eight per cent per annum from the date of writ to date of judgment; general damages for pain and suffering of the deceased in the sum of RM200,000 with interest of eight per cent from the date of judgment or any sum as the court may deem fit and proper.
Other claims include general and punitive damages for the loss of companionship and mental agony suffered by the first plaintiff and failure by the first defendant to show or express any regret or tender any apology for the demise of the deceased, with damages to be assessed before the Registrar and damages for bereavement in the sum of RM10,000.
Hearing before Justice Datuk Yew Jen Kie is adjourned to Oct 1.