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    Default Accident victim who had leg amputated gets record $80k payout



    An accident victim whose lower left leg was amputated will receive a record $80,000 for the pain suffered, as part of the total damages of about $400,000 awarded by the High Court.


    The sum for the pain suffered by Mr Mohamad Fairuz Kamal, 32, is understood to be the highest reported for cases involving amputation from the knee downwards.

    The Singapore Academy of Law published a guidebook for assessing general damages in personal injury cases in 2010.

    It recommends the sums to be awarded for damage to specific parts of the body. The recommended range for an above-knee amputation of a single leg is between $42,000 and $80,000.

    For a below-knee amputation, the range is from $40,000 to $70,000.

    Mr Fairuz's lawyer Viviene Sandhu pointed out in High Court submissions that the book served as a guide in the absence of any other local decisions. The two decisions on similar cases that were listed in the book were made 20 years ago and were therefore not very helpful, she said. In the two cases she referred to, one accident victim was awarded $42,000 and the other $50,000.

    Ms Sandhu argued that the court had to take into account the currency value over time when deciding on the sum payable. She cited a Court of Appeal ruling in January this year, which said: 'At this point of time, we must observe that in examining the amounts awarded in past cases, especially those made before 2000, one must not overlook the significant changes in the purchasing power per unit currency.'

    Accident claims lawyers told The Straits Times that the aim of the courts is to compensate the victim fairly based on the severity of the injury.

    Mr Fairuz was injured when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Malaysian-registered car at a traffic junction in Woodlands Drive 50 on Nov 21, 2008.

    He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he was kept for 73 days with serious internal injuries. His lower left leg was damaged beyond repair, and was amputated in September 2009. He has been fitted with an artificial limb.

    After the accident, Mr Fairuz lost his job as a technician. He now works as a taxi driver, and can no longer ride a motorcycle, stand, walk or climb for long periods of time.

    The driver of the car, Ms Norlilah Abu Samah, accepted 90 per cent liability for the accident. She was convicted and fined $600 for inconsiderate driving, and disqualified from driving for three months, in June 2009.

    Following a three-day hearing spread over several months to assess damages payable by the vehicle insurers, High Court assistant registrar Chee Min Ping on Tuesday awarded $407,377 altogether for various items including loss of future earnings, medical and treatment costs, as well as general damages.

    For Mr Fairuz, the four-year wait for the court settlement could not have ended on a happier note. The following day, his 30-year-old wife gave birth to a Leap Year baby boy.

    Speaking on Thursday at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, where the baby was born about a week ahead of the expected delivery, he said: 'I think this is a blessing in disguise, after all the pain and suffering I have gone through.'

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    Given a choice, i think he prefers his leg back... darn drivers...
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    Still not millions so I still prefer my leg.

    Anyone want my leg? I sell 1.5 million dollars nego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahrul_azmil3 View Post
    Still not millions so I still prefer my leg.

    Anyone want my leg? I sell 1.5 million dollars nego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    The driver of the car, Ms Norlilah Abu Samah, accepted 90 per cent liability for the accident. She was convicted and fined $600 for inconsiderate driving, and disqualified from driving for three months, in June 2009.
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    What the hell? Only fine $600?!?!
    Motorcyclist are the nicest people on the road, try not to kill us.

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    ladi diver......
    Life sux..Take control ..and live it and pick yourselves up now.. die later
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Hunter View Post
    What the hell? Only fine $600?!?!
    M'sian registered car. So it's prob a M'sian driver.

    What did you want? $6 million and her left tit?

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    90 percent liability? I'm alittle surprised by this.. i sure would like to know who's liable for the other 10

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    Dude, modified exhaust bike didn't hit anyone already fine more than that.

    Plus, I had an accident before, jaywalker run across when green light, ran into the side of my car injuring himself, no serious injury, just some bruises and scrapes on his knuckles when he fell. He got 1 day MC, discharge on the same day he went for checkup

    I got fined $900. Where is the justice?

    Ya, and the left tit would be a bonus.
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    this payout is from insurance??
    i always tot each insurance policy had its own payout rates..

    Msian driver got disqualified by SG or Msia??
    in boleh land would be simple to just drive again..

    i rather keep my leg and ride another day..

     

     
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    He's considered very lucky even though he lost his leg... If tis were to happen across e causeway, he not only lost his leg, dun tink he wud even get any cent from e other party's insurance... Well without a leg he can still make baby, so not that bad, imagine its e 3rd leg that needs to b amputate, confirm he wil lost his wife too.. $480K total shud b enuf to last him n family for awhile..,
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    Hi @Quincy

    are you sure you can copy / paste from stomp ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmax View Post
    Hi @Quincy

    are you sure you can copy / paste from stomp ?



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    any amt of monetary compensation aint worth it for losing a leg man

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroshev View Post
    any amt of monetary compensation aint worth it for losing a leg man
    True but when things happen u nd to move on... The "moving on" part is e most difficult...
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