Man left with scalpel blade in leg gets compensation
2 August 2007, MADRID - A court has awarded EUR 12,000 in compensation to a man who was left with a piece of scalpel in his leg after an operation.
2 August 2007
MADRID - A court has awarded EUR 12,000 in compensation to a man who was left with a piece of scalpel in his leg after an operation.
The man, who was treated at a public hospital, was the victim of a neglient doctor, the court found.
He had to have 123 days off work and suffered severe pain.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported patients groups have attacked the award, calling it 'ridiculous'.
The incident happened earlier this year after the patient underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
During the operation at the Virgen de la Torre Hospital, in Madrid, the surgeon's scalpel blade snapped, embedding a fragment in the man's leg.
Efforts to remove the fragment failed, leaving the man with pain for the rest of his life and large scars.
He was not named.
Subject: Spanish news