Gießen - According to decision by the regional court of Gießen, patient suffering from brain damage after medical malpractice is entitled to total of 800,000 euros in compensation for pain and suffering. The amount is one of the highest that judges in similar cases considered appropriate, explained court spokesman today.
The case was about then 17-year-old who in 2013 at the University Hospital Gießen-Marburg () because of had an operation on broken nose. According to the court, the staff made fatal mistake while operating the oxygen device, causing the plaintiff to suffer severe brain damage. The Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung had previously reported on it (Ref .: 5 O 376/18).
It did It was minor intervention, said the spokesman. Then the error happened: "During general anesthesia, there was an oxygen deficiency for about 25 minutes because the tubes of the ventilator used had been incorrectly connected," said the court.
The patient has already received 500,000 euros in compensation for pain and suffering received from the defendant clinic. The civil proceedings before the regional court involved an additional 500,000 euros, which the plaintiff was demanding. The judges considered total of 800,000 euros to be appropriate and accordingly awarded the payment of further 300,000 euros Location "was. It also referred to his youth and the fact that the brain damage "results from incorrect operation of the ventilator and thus from the area of a fully controllable risk". The UKGM announced that it could not comment yet, as the - not yet final - judgment had not yet been made.