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Friday , November 27 2020

Woman wins damages in medical error – Court acquits man in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 10: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which rejected a case filed by a Kuwaiti woman against Ministry of Health over a medical error. The court instead obliged the ministry to pay KD 8,000 to the woman as compensation for the medical error. Representing the woman was lawyer Abdullah Al-Alanda, who affirmed that his client went to a government hospital’s emergency section after she swallowed a pin. The attending doctor ordered an X-ray which revealed that there is nothing. The doctor decided to give her some medications before discharging her. However, his client’s condition deteriorated to such an extent that she would bleed with every cough. This prompted her to return to the hospital. The second time, the pin was found in her lungs. A surgery was conducted on her back to remove the pin. The lawyer said the first doctor’s negligence was the reason for the deterioration of his client’s health and the subsequent surgery on her back, which left marks, adding that these marks could affect her prospects of getting married, as she is still of marriageable age.

Man acquitted: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict issued by another appellate court, which sentenced an individual in absentia to four-year imprisonment with hard labor for possession of hashish and other brain stimulants with consumption intent. The court instead acquitted the defendant. According to the account of officers from Sulaibiya Police Station, the suspect was arrested after receiving report that he hit someone. At the time of arrest, the officer noticed the disoriented state of the suspect and asked him if he consumed drugs. The suspect confessed to have consumed methamphetamine. The lab report revealed that sample was found to contain hashish and methamphetamine. The defense counsel lawyer Ali Al-Wawan said the arrest procedures followed by the police to arrest his client were faulty due to lack of a search-and-arrest warrant from the Public Prosecution, adding that his client was not under any suspicion prior to his arrest.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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