Hospital ordered to pay family for MRI-related death in India

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The Bombay High Court this week ordered the city government of Mumbai to pay the interim compensation of 1 million rupees (approximately $14,000 U.S) to the family of a man who died in an MRI accident, according to a November 19 report in the Indian Express.

The accident occurred at Nair Hospital on January 28, 2018. That is when 32-year-old Rajesh Maruti Maru accompanied his mother-in-law to the facility to undergo an MRI scan. A hospital staffer asked Maru to hold an oxygen tank, which soon was pulled into the bore of an MRI scanner with Maru, where the tank exploded.

Two justices ruled that the death was due to the hospital's negligence and the evidence led the court to "strongly conclude" that the "unfortunate accident wouldn't have occurred" if not for the negligence, according to a September 17 report in the Mumbai Mirror.

The case has resulted in a claim against Brihanmumbai Municipal (BMC), Mumbai's municipal government, which operated Nair Hospital. BMC told the court on November 18 that it had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the high court's order, which requires BMC to pay the compensation by November 22 or earlier.

"What is important is, according to the employer, its staff was negligent in the discharge of duties," the Bombay High Court ruled, according to the report. "The corporation (BMC), therefore, cannot avoid its liability to compensate the family of the deceased."

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