27. 06. 12. - 17:28
Legal action over girl who died in tooth op
The family of a little girl who died after an operation to remove ten teeth in the LKH Graz hospital are demanding €80,000 in compensation for their suffering.
The four-year-old girl Laura Raidl was declared brain-dead after failing to come out from the anaesthetic after the operation.
The family have accused the hospital of making mistakes during the operation but an internal investigation so far discovered nothing that was done incorrectly.
But that has not satisfied with family members who say that at the very least the hospital failed to inform them about the possible risk of the operation.
Prosecutors and police are now looking into the matter and an expert report has been commissioned.
The Viennese lawyer Alfred Boran who is representing the family said: "Even if it is not possible to prove any other faults, there is at least the fact that there were not proper warnings over the danger of the anaesthetic."
He said that after talking to the mother it was clear that she had not been properly informed by the hospital about the risks.
He added that the family wanted an out-of-court settlement of €80,000 – which consisted of €20,000 for the parents and grandparents.
The hospital has declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing.