Woman awarded NT$170,000 af­ter trip­ping over dog

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A post of­fice in New Taipei City must pro­vide a woman NT$170,000 (US$5,444) in com­pen­sa­tion for her in­juries in­curred from trip­ping over a dog at the post of­fice, ac­cord­ing to a rul­ing by the Tai­wan High Court.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on Dec. 26, 2012 when the woman, sur­named Wang, went to Qing­shui Post Of­fice in Tucheng to mail a let­ter. When she was pre­pared to leave, she tripped over a dog ly­ing on the floor of a main walk­way. The woman then col­lided into an um­brella stand, re­sult­ing in a 2-cen­time­ter lac­er­a­tion on her jaw, the ver­dict said.

Dur­ing the first trial, a dis­trict court determined that the post of­fice should be held re­spon­si­ble for Wang’s in­juries and should pay the vic­tim NT$150,000 in com­pen­sa­tion in spite of the post of­fice’s ar­gu­ment that the dog was brought in by an­other cus­tomer and it was in no po­si­tion to deny en­try to any­one with dogs much less to con­trol the ca­nine.

Both par­ties were dis­sat­is­fied with the rul­ing and ap­pealed to the high court.

The high court determined that the post of­fice was at fault and raised the com­pen­sa­tion amount to NT$170,000, in­clud­ing NT$20,000 for scar re­moval treat­ment.

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