SMRT sued; family of Nitcharee Peneakchanasak: Money Never Enough

The family of Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, the Thai teenage girl who lost both her legs after an accident at Ang Mo Kio MRT station in April, is suing SMRT for $3.4 million. What an incredible tale of greed!

No really, I don't understand the twisted logic of the victim's family. See, it's not SMRT fault in the first place that the girl chose to accidentally fall. So why must SMRT pay?

SMRT should fight this case and without doubt, win it! Yes, it may be a bad publicity for the company, but the company must deliver a clear and strong message that the train station is not to be misused as a get-rich-quickly scheme.

SMRT is not a charity company--although I applaud at its effort with regards to the Silver Tribute Fund since 2006; this year $2.7M were raised for 8 voluntary welfare organisations supporting more than 8,000 needy elderly and their caregivers.

SMRT like any public-listed companies is answerable to its shareholders and stakeholders. To give in to this ridiculous case is not at all acceptable!!

I'm not alone in being annoyed and disgusted on this issue. The Hardwarezone forum, "Thai teen's family sues SMRT for $3.4m" has been buzzing with the netizen's comments--so far 21 pages as per today 1355 hrs--on this scandalous lawsuit.

I like the following posts the best:
1. From NiNaoHiah:
In this Thai girl's case, I really do not see why SMRT has to pay anything.

It's not as if SMRT platforms suddenly tilted sideways and sent her sliding off the edge.

And I hate it when people say "Oh it is SMRT fault because no barricades". We have had no barricades for decades and you don't see people falling into the tracks.


2. From emahnic:
SMRT must have consulted they legal before paying just $5k.

Yes the barriers can help and SMRT is currently doing it to enhance the safety of the public. Remember is only enhance. There is a sense of reasonableness in law that you must look into.

Next time ppl climb over the barrier to jump can you sue SMRT for not building the barrier high enough? When the barrier is under maintenance and temporary moveable barrier are use and ppl still fall into it can sue SMRT again??

Let's just hope the Thai wouldn't lose all the $250k in legal fee.


3. From Cashcow:
It's ultimate nonsense!

Somemore, the father is insurance agent. I seldom see ppl buy accident plan up to $1 million, only those richer ones. I also look down on him since he never cover the family with insurance plans despite he is an insurance agent. I tell you, I hope that SMRT will win and compensate them with just $5000 or else, many ppl will think that Singapore is a rich country and anyhow ask for insane compensation.

Wait a minute, is it even SMRT's fault that the girl fall on the track? I think this is the most impt question.


4. From ahkeong:
wah
jump MRT, family sue SMRT
next time ppl
jump HDB, family sue HDB and Ministry of National Development
jump sea, sue Ministry of Water and Environment
buy charcoal and burn, sue NTUC or Sheng Shiong
drug overdose, sue Pfizer or GSK
pour kerosene and burn, sue civil defence


5. From OKCATYEON:
Can SMRT sue her for falling into the tracks ; causing delays and hence resulting in a loss of profit ?

For some reason , I support SMRT this time.



Hey, if for some freak reason, the greedy family ends up winning the case, I won't be surprised the outrageous Singaporeans will go to Thailand capital city, Bangkok & decide to 'accidentally' injure themselves in the train track of Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) and later on sue the BTS for $3.4M compensation! Snigger, snigger...

THE family of Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, the Thai teenage girl who lost both her legs after an accident at Ang Mo Kio MRT station in April, is suing SMRT for $3.4 million.

The 15-year-old girl from Trang, Thailand, came to Singapore to study English during her vacation. She fell onto the track at Ang Mo Kio MRT station just as the train had arrived. Her legs could not be saved as the bones were crushed and muscles damaged.

The Straits Times reported that the writ was filed in the High Court here and was served to SMRT yesterday. The transport operator has confirmed that, and said that its lawyers were handling the matter.

The suit comes after the Peneakchanasak family rejected SMRT's offer of $5,000 in compensation. The girl's father, Kittanesh, 56, said that the sum was "unacceptable".

The teenager's lawyer, Cosmas Gomez, said that $3.4 million would pay for the prosthetic limbs she'll need for the rest of her life.

Gomez is from Singapore law firm Cosmas and Company, which specialises in personal injury claims.

According to local medical experts, each pair would cost at least $150,000, and $3 million would pay for up to 20 pairs over the course of her life. A new pair of custom-made prosthetic legs will be needed every three to five year, depending on how fast she grow and on the rate of wear and tear.

A spokesman for Sirindhorn Centre in Bangkok, where the girl is now recuperating and being prepared for her first pair of prosthetic legs, said that each pair will cost about $200,000 in Bangkok.

The girl's father added that the family is asking for an amount that is "just enough" to cover the teenager's medical expenses for the rest of her life.

From Asiaone, "Thai teen's family sues SMRT for $3.4 million".

Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, who lost both her legs after falling onto the MRT tracks in Ang Mo Kio two months ago, will be cheered to know that she will be getting a sum of $250,000 for her medical rehabilitation expenses.

The sum of money has been contributed by a group of anonymous Singaporean donors.

Nitcharee, who returned to Thailand on Monday and turns 15 tomorrow, has plans to walk again with prosthetic legs, which are expected to cost around $150,000.

A cheque for the $250,000 will be presented by Singapore Red Cross chairman, Tee Tua Ba to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, executive vice-president of the Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok tomorrow.

One of Nitcharee's legs was severed when the train hit her, and the other was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated.

Nitcharee had been in Singapore for about a month before the incident, learning English at a private school.

She had stayed with a family friend in Ang Mo Kio.

On the day of her departure, a smiling Nitcharee was able to wheel herself into the Budget Terminal in an electric wheelchair, a gift from the Rotary E-Club of Singapore.

Strangers at the airport's departure hall posed for photographs with her, and some gave small gifts and donations.

Rotary E-Club of Singapore president-elect Christopher Bek said Nitcharee's road to recovery will be an expensive one.

Her treatment in Singapore cost about $50,000.

Her 56-year-old father, Mr Peneakchanasak, an insurance agent, has told reporters that he rejected SMRT's compensation offer of $5,000 and has engaged a lawyer to ask for "fairer" compensation.

Nitcharee, who comes from Trang, in southern Thailand, plans to continue her treatment at the Sirinthorn Centre near Bangkok.

From Xin MSN, "Thai girl who lost both her legs in MRT accident set to receive $250,000 from donors". (16/06/11)

SMRT has raised $2.72 million for eight voluntary welfare organisations supporting more than 8,000 needy elderly and their caregivers, through fund-raising TV show The Silver Tribute Charity Night.

The amount raised is the highest since the Silver Tribute Fund was established in 2006.

From Asiaone, "$2.7M raised by SMRT to benefit eight VWOs". (07/06/11)

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