Cape Town man suing for car crash

2012-03-22 19:00
Cape Town - A man is to sue for over R31m after a car accident in central Cape Town left him paralysed, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Scott Thomson, 26, is suing the office of Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha for about R16m because paramedics allegedly did not take precautions to make sure his injuries were not worsened.

According to an affidavit submitted to the Western Cape High Court: "... the paramedics were negligent... in extracting [Thomson] from the vehicle and removing him from the scene of the accident on a stretcher without using the necessary measures to safeguard him from further injury."

He claims he fell to the ground while paramedics were taking him from the ambulance. Thomson was left in a wheelchair after the accident on May 11 2008. He suffers from tetraplegia, a severe form of paralysis.

He is also suing the driver of the car he was in at the time, for about R15m.

He claims Dane Johnson, 27, was speeding and lost control of his car, causing them to hit a barrier. The two cases would be consolidated. A trial date had not been set.

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