Accident victim sues bus company for over $180 000 damages

A PASSENGER, who was seriously injured while abode a Pathfinder Bus during an accident on December 7, 2013, has sued the bus company and is demanding $182 044 as compensation.

BY SILAS NKALA

Desire Philips filed her summons at the Bulawayo High Court on December 2, citing the bus driver, Bekithemba Masuku, and Pathfinder (Pvt) Limited as respondents.

“The plaintiff’s claim is for medical and hospital expenses $39 734, future medical expenses $12 000, pain and suffering $50 000, body disfigurement $40 000, loss of amenity of life $40 000, transport expenses $310, interest calculated at the prescribed rate from December 7, 2013 to date of full and final payment and costs of suit on an attorney and client scale,” the summons read.

In her declaration, Philips submitted that on December 7, 2013, Masuku failed to control the bus, leading to a head-on collision with a haulage truck along the Bulawayo-Harare Road.

She claimed she was severely injured in the accident.

“The first defendant’s driving was reckless and negligent. The Scania bus and the ERF truck suffered extensive damages and four passengers from the bus died on the spot. The reason for aforesaid negligence was that the plaintiff, who was seated on the upper deck of the bus on the front row, suffered severe temporary and permanent injuries both internal and external, the worst of which is the spine injury which injury she still suffers from to date.”

She said she had developed recurrent medical complications and now requires regular treatment.

“The plaintiff had to sell her daughter’s house in order to finance transport and medical procedures on her spine, which cost well above $20 000. She is now faced with the burden of having to replace the sold immovable property,” the declaration read.

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