Lawyer Francis Xavier-Sosu, a Human Right Lawyer has taken over the case of one Partric Yeboah ,a twenty-eight year old student, who became paralysed after a Billboard fell on him on April 28, 2016.
The celebtated Human Right Lawyer said “we issued a writ against M Dex CompanyLimited, Ledzokuku krowor Municapal Assembly (LEKMA), Ghana Standards Board and National Road Safety Commission to hold them jointly and severally liable for the negligence that led to the collapsing of a Bill Board on Patric, rendering him 100 per cent incapacitated”.
“We also seek an order that the Defendants pays to Patric a total amount of Ghc 5,02,000.00(Five million and twenty thousand Ghana Cedis) for the aggravated damages by way of his permanent paralysis, economic loss and loss of opportunities to full participation in life”.. which amount also included medical expense.
He said though the above remedies cannot completely restore Patric to his former state, “at least can assist him to minimise the trauma of the negligence of the defendants”.
He stated that the case raises a serious issue of public satefy and hope that the media would keep a close eye on that and constantly remind the general public to be vigilant when using public walkways.
According to Patric, he was was standing at the Bus stop around 2pm at the Palace mall at Spintex where he usually picks vehicle to work, when the billboard allegedly belonging to Medex Media Company fell on him.
“I was on my way to work, I used the second entrance of the Palace mall and was about to cross the road to the other side to pick a car to work and all I realised was, I was on the floor and something was on me”, he narrated.
All I could hear was people shouting and others came around to rescue him and that was where I realised a billboard had fallen on me. Actually I’m sure I would have felt the pain all over my body if my senses where working at that time.”
The level 200 student of Zenith University College whose ambitions was to become a renowned marketer has never had a better life after this incident.
He was transferred from the Lesta Hospital to the 37 Military Hospital, he recalled how he pleaded with the medical doctors who attended to him to ease his pain.
“I asked one of the medical personnel if they could give me something to ease the pain since I couldn’t stand it. After some few minutes, I saw my mum crying but she was trying to hide it from me though… I asked her what the doctor said and she said nothing and they were discussing the bills and I told her I know what the doctor said…they said I couldn’t walk again,” Patrick said weeping uncontrollably.
According to the victim, owners of the Advertising Company paid him a visit when he was on admission at the hospital for about two months and offered to pay him Ghc2,000 as compensation but the family refused the offer.
Currently it cost Patrick Yeboah Ghc 360.00 every month to undergo physiotherapy care.367 comments