Mr C was an electronics technician. He received blood transfusions whilst undergoing treatment in a Danish hospital. The transfusions infected him with HIV.
Mr C lodged a claim for compensation. The speed and outcome of the proceedings were crucial to him, as he had an incurable disease and a reduced life expectancy. However, his case did not reach trial for over five years. By that time, Mr C had died of AIDS.
Before his death, Mr C complained to the European Court of Human Rights that an unreasonable delay in the legal proceedings had denied him justice.