Relatives awarded €103,000 in compensation

THE Andalucian Health Service has been sentenced to pay €103,390 to the relatives of a woman who died in 1996.

The woman, 67, was admitted to the Emergency Room at the Civil Hospital in Malaga after being hit by a vehicle. Doctors did not take into account that she was already taking an anticoagulant medicine which increased the risk of internal bleeding.

She was released from hospital but had to return just hours later when her condition worsened and was sent to the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga. She later died due to internal bleeding.

The Andalucian Supreme Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the family thanks to the appeal presented by the Patients’ Ombudsman against a previous sentence from a Sevilla court. The Supreme Court considers there was a medical error as the patient was not asked about what medicine she was taking.

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