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Court rejects Dh11m damages plea by accident victim's family.

Summary: RAS AL KHAIMAH -- The Ras Al Khamiah Civil Court has rejected a petition for Dh11 million in compensation demanded by the family of an Emirati who had spent 11 years in deep coma before his death after a road accident which took place in 1998.

RAS AL KHAIMAH -- The Ras Al Khamiah Civil Court has rejected a petition for Dh11 million in compensation demanded by the family of an Emirati who had spent 11 years in deep coma before his death after a road accident which took place in 1998.

The parents filed the case in November 2009 after the death of their son, demanding Dh1 million for each year their son spent in coma.

The verdict was pronounced by Judge Yahya Galal who presided a court panel also comprising Judge Mohammed Naji and Judge Mohammed Abdul Rahman.

A court official said the panel arrived at the verdict after ascertaining the relationship between the cause of his death and the road accident that had been the cornerstone of the entire case.

The court examined the medical reports and found that the injuries sustained in the road accident were not the main cause of the Emirati's death. During the court's probe, the forensic doctors who examined the body were summoned and questioned about the cause of his death. According to the court official, the doctors who included physicians and forensic experts stated in the death certificate that the cause of death was a blockage in the victim's stomach which was a result of the accident.

The victim was on his way to Ras Al Khaimah when he tried to avoid a speeding vehicle, causing his car to overturn and roll several times. He was rushed to the hospital in a very critical condition.

The official said that when the Emirati was admitted to the hospital, he slipped into deep coma. His family later transferred him to some hospitals in Europe and in the UAE for treatment, but that did not work and he died 11 years later.

The Civil Court had earlier granted the victim Dh400,000 in compensation for the suffering he had undergone following the accident, said the official.

After his death, the family filed another case demanding blood money as well as Dh11 million in compensation for the suffering they have endured during the 11 years. The victim's family said they took care of their son daily for the 11 years he lived in coma in addition to paying for his treatment.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 4, 2011
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