Woman awarded NT$170,000 after tripping over dog
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.