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Patient Receives USD 0.5 Million for Being Mocked During Medical Procedure

Patient Receives USD 0.5 Million for Being Mocked During Medical Procedure

You never know what you are going to record during an operation on yourself – one patient was unpleasantly surprised when he accidentally left his mobile to record the operation without turning the recorder off when the doctor gave his final guidelines. The patient was scheduled for a colonoscopy on April 18, 2013, and his mobile phone recorded the entire procedure. 

The patient, known to media as DB, was shocked when he heard what the doctors were saying about him – they were unreservedly mocking him. The anesthesiologist even said that DB might have “tuberculosis on his penis.” DB was paid USD 50,000 for that statement alone, in addition to getting another USD 450,000. The anesthesiologist called DB various names, including a “big wimp” and “retard.” She also said jokingly that she would fire a rifle up his anus. 

The doctor also said to her colleagues that she was thinking about falsifying his medical documents and writing down he has hemorrhoids, even though he did not have them. According to Washington Post, she did write that down. Another USD 200,000 was awarded as punitive damages and USD 200,000 for medical malpractice. The trial lasted for only three days. Even though the defendant’s lawyers argued that the recording was not legal, the patient’s lawyers proved that he did not need the anesthesiologist’s consent. 

 

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