Municipal cop gets $.2m for injuries after fall - EntornoInteligente
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A Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Con­sta­ble who was in­jured af­ter he fell off a de­fec­tive chair in a po­lice post at the Port-of-Spain Cen­tral Mar­ket six years ago has been award­ed $227,000 in dam­ages and le­gal costs.

The Port-of-Spain City Cor­po­ra­tion through its may­or, coun­cil­lors and cit­i­zens of the city, ac­cept­ed li­a­bil­i­ty in the neg­li­gence claim brought by con­sta­ble Dill­raj Ramkissoon and agreed to pay the mon­ey.

Ramkissoon suf­fered in­juries which left him with a 25 per cent per­ma­nent dis­abil­i­ty and un­able to re­turn to work.

He al­so had to give up his po­si­tion as an ac­cred­it­ed foot­ball ref­er­ee with the T&T Foot­ball Ref­er­ee As­so­ci­a­tion at­tached to the Cen­tral Zone and can no longer par­tic­i­pate in recre­ation­al foot­ball.

In the doc­u­ments filed by his at­tor­neys Kevin Rati­ram and Ki­ran Pan­day, Ramkissoon re­called that the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Feb­ru­ary 8, 2013. He was as­signed to per­form Sen­try du­ties at the charge room of the po­lice post which was sit­u­at­ed at the mar­ket.

He was seat­ed on a swiv­el chair, which was among the fur­ni­ture pro­vid­ed for the of­fi­cers by the Cor­po­ra­tion, when one of the wheels broke off, caus­ing him to fall back­wards.

As this hap­pened, his head struck a con­crete wall and then he fell to the floor.

Ramkissoon con­tend­ed that this was caused by the de­fen­dant’s neg­li­gence as they pro­vid­ed him with a de­fec­tive chair and failed to main­tain or in­spect the chair. Ramkissoon al­so sub­mit­ted that In­sp Glen Charles, al­so at­tached to the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice, wrote a let­ter to the Na­tion­al In­sur­ance Board in re­la­tion to this mat­ter.

The let­ter stat­ed”…ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s re­port the said chair was faulty and PC Ramkissoon did not use the chair in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ly in any way to con­tribute to the said in­juries.” Through his at­tor­ney, Ramkissoon sent a pre-ac­tion pro­to­col let­ter to the de­fen­dant in Sep­tem­ber 2014 but got no re­sponse.

The de­fen­dant ini­tial­ly filed a de­fence in the mat­ter. How­ev­er, the par­ties sub­se­quent­ly en­tered in­to a con­sent or­der. Jus­tice Ron­nie Boodoos­ingh or­dered the Cor­po­ra­tion to pay to Ramkissoon the sum of $200,000, in­clu­sive of dam­ages and in­ter­est.

The de­fen­dant al­so has to pay Ramkissoon’s le­gal fees of $27,000.  A 42-day stay of ex­e­cu­tion was al­lowed.

The State was rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­neys Is­sa Jones and Farai Hove Ma­sai­sai.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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