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State to pay after cop loses arm in accident

The State has ac­cept­ed li­a­bil­i­ty for a 48-year-old po­lice of­fi­cer, who lost his right arm in a car ac­ci­dent in 2015. 

In Ju­ly, last year, Sharaj Mo­hammed, of Beck­les Street in Tacarigua, filed the neg­li­gence claim against the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al over the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred at Josam Hill in Laven­tille on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2015. 

When the case came up for hear­ing be­fore Jus­tice Frank Seep­er­sad al­most two weeks ago, the par­ties en­tered a con­sent or­der, in which the AG’s Of­fice ac­cept­ed li­a­bil­i­ty. 

Seep­er­sad then or­dered that a High Court Mas­ter as­sess the com­pen­sa­tion which should be paid to Mo­hammed, on a date to be set by the Reg­is­trar of the Supreme Court. 

Ac­cord­ing to his state­ment of the case, Mo­hammed, who has 17 years’ ser­vice, claimed that he was at the In­ter-Agency Task Force (IATF) base when he and a col­league re­ceived in­struc­tions to pro­vide mo­bile es­cort ser­vice for a con­struc­tion com­pa­ny seek­ing to move heavy equip­ment to its tem­po­rary base along the La­dy Young Road in Mor­vant. 

While dri­ving up a hill, the car lost pow­er and be­gan to roll down­hill. Mo­hammed al­leged­ly ap­plied the foot brake but the ve­hi­cle be­gan to skid on grav­el on the road. 

Mo­hammed dis­en­gaged the foot brake and ap­plied the hand brake but the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued to roll back at a faster rate. 

The ve­hi­cle even­tu­al­ly tipped over pin­ning Mo­hammed’s arm un­der­neath. 

Mo­hammed spent over five weeks at hos­pi­tal be­fore he agreed to have the arm am­pu­tat­ed at the el­bow as op­posed to un­der­go­ing fur­ther re­con­struc­tive surgery, that still would not have guar­an­teed fu­ture use of his in­jured limb and may still have led to an am­pu­ta­tion. 

In his law­suit, Mo­hammed’s lawyers Anand Ram­lo­gan, SC, Alana Ram­baran, and Dou­glas Bay­ley claimed that the TTPS and by ex­ten­sion the State, were li­able for the in­juries as it had failed to pro­vide him with a prop­er­ly func­tion­ing ve­hi­cle. 

Through the law­suit, Mo­hammed, who re­mains on ex­tend­ed sick leave since the in­ci­dent, is seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion for his fu­ture loss of earn­ings and for the pain and suf­fer­ing he was forced to en­dure. 

Mo­hammed is al­so seek­ing over $600,000 for a pros­thet­ic arm as he claims that he will have to fly to the Unit­ed States (US) to be fit­ted and trained to use it.