TT$18 million medical negligence award upheld

Karen Nunez-Tesheira, who filed the legal action after the death of her husband.

(Trinidad Express) Government Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira is now one step closer to receiving more than TT$18 million in compensation from Gulf View Medical Centre and one of its doctors.

This after the Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the ruling of a High Court judge who found they were liable, by way of negligence, for her husband’s death.

The three judge panel, presiding at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, dismissed the appeals filed by Gulf View and Dr Crisen Jendra Roopchand in which they were seeking to have the court overturn the ruling of Vasheist Kokaram which was delivered in March 2015.

Justice Kokaram had found that, Nunez-Tesheira, a former finance minister under the People’s National Movement (PNM), should be awarded the multi-million dollar payment following the death of her husband, former CLICO insurance executive Russell Tesheira, at the hospital after an operation for transurethral resectioning of the prostate (TURP). He was 54 years old.

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