BMICH ordered to pay Rs. 180m as compensation to Samitha

BMICH ordered to pay Rs. 180m as compensation to Samitha

February 27, 2015   11:16 am

Colombo Chief Magistrate Court today ordered the management of the BMICH to pay Rs. 180 million as compensation for Dr. Samitha Samanmali who was paralyzed after a shelter collapsed at the Deyata Kirula exhibition in 2008.


Samanmali who was a medical student at the time sustained severe injuries in the accident on February 15, 2008 at the BMICH when she was organising the setting up of stalls for a medical exhibition.


According to medical reports, the student, Samitha Samanmali would not be able to carry out the tasks as a doctor or lead a normal married life, but would be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of her life.


The accident occurred when an iron rod fell on her head damaging her spine and skull severely when she went to the BMICH premises to set up exhibition stalls for MEDEX. The iron rod was part of the construction equipment of an exhibition held previously, but which had not been removed.


Samanmali in December 2010 appeared in the Colombo District Court claiming Rs. 50 million as compensation from the BMICH.

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