UAE: Dh1m compensation for woman injured in car crash

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Abu Dhabi - She suffered permanent disabilities after a vehicle rammed into her parked car.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Thu 11 Feb 2021, 8:51 AM

A woman, who was left with permanent disabilities due to injuries sustained in a car crash, has been awarded Dh1 million in compensation by a court in Abu Dhabi.

According to court documents, the woman’s car had a mechanical problem while on the road. She had to pull over on the roadside, with part of the car touching the road, as she waited for a towing vehicle. The Arab defendant, who was driving recklessly, rammed into the victim’s car. The woman, who was seated inside the car, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

She sustained severe injuries to her head, back, chest and other body parts which left her permanently disabled.

A medical report said the victim suffered a permanent cerebral dysfunction estimated at 30 per cent, injury to the spine, which affected its functioning by 70 per cent, in addition to a 50 per cent impairment of the urinary bladder.

The police had blamed the crash on the second driver (defendant) who was inattentive and was driving recklessly.

The traffic court found him guilty of causing the accident and was punished.

The woman then filed a civil lawsuit against the driver and his insurance firm, demanding Dh2 million in compensation for the moral, physical and material damages.

The civil court of first instance had earlier ordered the driver and the insurance firm to jointly pay the woman Dh600,000 in compensation.

Both the woman and the defendants challenged the ruling at the appeals court which raised the compensation to Dh1 million.

The defendants were also ordered to pay the legal expenses.

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