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|Case Number:||civ suit 429 of 98|
|Parties:||WAFULA vs SIETCO DEVELOPMENT AFRICA LIMITED|
|Date Delivered:||17 Feb 2004|
|Court:||High Court at Nakuru|
|Citation:||WAFULA vs SIETCO DEVELOPMENT AFRICA LIMITED eKLR|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
SIETCO DEVELOPMENT AFRICA LIMITED…………….DEFENDANT
According to the plaintiff, on or about 11th May, 1995 as he was acting in the course of
his employment with the defendant, when due to the negligence of the latter – and or that
of the employees, while digging a foundation at a construction site, the wall of the
foundation collapsed on him, causing him serious injuries and has suffered loss and
Due to the accident, the plaintiff became unconscious and only regained the same at
Lugulu Mission Hospital where he had been admitted for 2 months. The plaintiff
explained that due to the accident, he received the following injuries:
- two broken ribs.
- Chest injuries which led to two operations.
- On the hand and shoulders.
Consequently, the plaintiff underwent two medical examinations by Dr. Malik and Katam
who later prepared – Ex.3 and Ex.5. Even by the time of the trial, the plaintiff was still
complaining of feeling a lot of pain when walking long distances. He also complained of
feeling headache whenever he was hungry.
Earlier, the parties had entered a consent judgment on liability. The consent was entered
on the following terms:
(i) That judgment be and is hereby entered in favour of the plaintiff on liability at the
ratio of 75:25.
(ii) That costs of Kshs.42,400 in respect of Bungoma CMCC No. 566 of 1990 be
deducted from the sum to be awarded as general damages in this instant suit.
On completion of the plaintiff’s case, the defendant opted not to offer any evidence.
Consequently, both Counsels handed in detailed submissions to guide the Court on the
quantum of damages. Both of them also quoted several authorities to assist the Court.
Having carefully perused the above, the Court is of the considered opinion that the
injuries suffered by the plaintiff were serious and are in the same class as those suffered
in the following cases:
- SISCO Murunga Ndanya & 2 Others Vs Coast Bus Services Ltd.
HCCC No. 4425 of 1990 (Nairobi)
In Mercy Richard Vs Raphael
Mombasa HCCC No. 871 of 1982
Taking into account the rate of inflation and the passage of time since the other
authorities were delivered, I hereby award Kshs.800,000 as general damages.
The upshot is that I hereby enter final judgment on the following terms:
(a) General damages:
Less 25% contribution Kshs.200,000.00
(b) Special damages – Kshs.2,000.
(c) Costs of the suit.
(d) Interest on (a), (b) and (c) at Court rates.
Judgment read, signed and delivered in open Court in the presence of Mr. Odhiambo
17TH FEBRUARY, 2004