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Wife of comatose man wanted CZK 8m, but got only CZK 4m

In Health, In The News, Law, Life, People on March 30, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

(c) Denik / Pavel Sima

Seven years ago Mr Antonin Trbola worked in an excavation pit when the soil around him collapsed and he was buried underneath it. He has been described as comatose ever since and his wife has to take care of him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He can breathe, his heart beats and his digestive system works “normally”. That’s all that is left…

The district court in the town of Hodonin, western Moravia, ruled that the employer pay four million in damages. The family wanted eight million. However, according to a statement of the family’s attorney, the family will not challenge the verdict…

In the Czech Republic, similar verdicts are usually subject to special legislation (Health Ministry regulations) that stipulate and “calculate” the value of damage to one’s health. For example, if one loses their leg in an accident, the law “says” they are entitled to CZK 180,000 ($10,000), etc. However, there have been some exceptional cases in the recent years where judges ordered the payment of damages that was not subject to the statutory regulations…

The defendant (former employee of the victim) has some time to appeal the verdict. If the family actually gets the money, they want to purchase a special wheelchair, on which they will be able to take their husband and (grand)father outside…

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