After numerous days of hospitalization in a public hospital, an elderly patient underwent cholecystectomy operation (removal of gallbladder). Following the operation she suffered postoperative bleeding, which was inadequately and belatedly treated by the hospital. The patient went gradually into a status of multi-organ failure, despite the fact that she was transferred by her relatives to a private clinic for better treatment. She died some days later. We represented the relatives and filed claim for compensation against the public hospital/ Greek State.
The First Instance Administrative Court of Piraeus held that the public hospital had not treated the patient adequately and in good time because of the absence of qualified doctors during the night following the operation. The Court also accepted that there was a direct causal link between the delay in treatment of the postoperative bleeding and the progressive deterioration of the patient’s health condition and subsequent death, and awarded to each one of her 7 children compensation for moral damages for the grief suffered as a result of their mother’s death.
The Judgment of the First Instance Administrative Court of Piraeus was upheld by the Appellate Administrative Court of Piraeus.