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Family of man who gouged out the eyes of hospital patient seek compensation

  • Relatives believe that the events, which took place in 2013, would never have happened had he been restrained correctly by hospital staff

The family of a man who, while in the Clínico hospital in Malaga having suffered a psychotic episode, gouged out the eyes of another patient before hitting him with a table and going back to sleep, have requested compensation from the Andalusian Health Service.

The family believes that the events, which took place in 2013, would never have happened had he been restrained correctly by hospital staff.

As a result, they believe that compensation is due to cover the costs of the damages they, in turn, had to pay to the victim, as well as the time their family member had to spend admitted to a psychiatric centre.

However, according to SUR sources, the Advisory Council of Andalucía has rejected the request, which amounted to more than 344,000 euros, on the basis that any possible malpractice could not be considered the cause of the attack.