Jun 26, 2022

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Doctor sued for R2m for failing to give proper care to woman whose ring finger was bitten by robber

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled in favor of a woman whose wedding ring finger was amputated after she was bitten during an armed robbery in 2016.

The woman had told Dr. Francois du Toit Inc, an emergency medicine health organization for R2m, who claimed she did not adequately treat a bite wound sustained in a robbery at her home.

The woman who died in the last Last week’s verdict, identified as AW Malan, was rushed to Kloof Hospital after the attack outside her home in Pretoria on 17 January 2016.

She and her husband were attacked and their ring finger was bitten by the attacker .

After being treated for various injuries, she was given a prescription.

A few days later, the pain in her left ring finger became unbearable and her hand became swollen.

< p>She urgently contacted her general practitioner who immediately referred her to an orthopedist who treated her.

On March 15, 2017, her ring finger was amputated.

The woman sued dr Francois du Toit Inc. and said she breached her legal duty on multiple counts wrongfully and negligently.

She said the health organization did not investigate the human bite on her finger and should have foreseen, that there was an orthopedic emergency that required immediate hospitalization and the prescription of therapeutic antibiotics to prevent infection.

She contacted her GP urgently, who immediately referred her to an orthopedist who treated her then treated.

On March 15, 2017, her ring finger was amputated.

The woman sued Dr. Francois du Toit Inc., arguing that it breached its legal obligations on multiple counts with wrongfulness and negligence.

She said the health organization failed to investigate the human bite on her finger and had predicted that this would result in an orthopedic emergency that required immediate hospitalization and the prescription of antibiotic therapy to prevent infection.

That is their claim. Doctors did not treat the injury as a bite wound .

R2m’s claim related to hospital expenses, future disability and general damages.

At the beginning of the trial, the The parties agreed that the court would settle with the merit of the claim and not the amount of damages.

The woman said she informed the attending nurses and doctors that she had more than one al was bitten.

Judge Harshila Kooverjie said Malan’s statement about disclosing the bite was corroborated by her husband.

The doctor who treated her reiterated her statement, that the woman had not disclosed to her the fact that she had bitten her finger.

If she had, her treatment protocol would have been very different, the doctor said.

In her conclusion, the judge said she found there was a high likelihood that disclosure of the bite occurred, therefore treatment was not appropriate.

“Consequently, the defendant failed in his statutory duty of wrongfulness and negligence injured,” Kooverjie said.

She said the health organization’s expert report said a human bite required coordinated treatment. These included prophylactic antibiotics, hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics and debridement.

“Therefore, the circumstances in which Ms. Malan ended up could have been avoided if the appropriate treatment had been provided.”

< p>“In Ms. Malan’s case, I think the treatment was inadequate,” Kooverjie said as she ordered the health organization to pay Malan’s proven damages.

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