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"We'll give family one million baht" for death of Canadian tourist says owner

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10 minutes ago, connda said:

A little over 30k USD for blood money.  In the US the civil courts would award a couple of million USD and multiples more for punitive damages. 

But would they award anything if he doesn't have any dependents? Assuming it's not an Asian family where the young are brought up to support parents financially.

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One milion sounds cool isnt it

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So many posts comparing the amount of the payout compared with what a Western company might pay.

 

Just a reminder: this accident occurred in Thailand, not the USA or Canada. The award is commensurate to what might have been paid to a Thai person, in fact I'm probably overstating this: it's probably a lot more than might have been paid to a Thai. A typical Thai insurance policy would only have a limit of THB 1m as standard, whereas in the UK, for example, £5m (THB200m) would be the norm. However, a company's liability is not limited to the amount of the insurance. If an award goes over the top then it's down to the company to pay.

 

Thailand is not a litigious society with regard to liability claims and awards are on the low side. When it comes to libel and slander, however, Thailand is up there with the best of them!

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From pictures posted in other newspaper, the wire cable clamps are installed backwards "Never saddle a dead horse". If this found to be a cause there is criminal negligence and the engineering firm that past the inspection and owner should all be sued. 

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What the owners of the ZipLine in question state they will give the victims family, and what their Lawyers will agree, will be a Million miles apart me thinks.

The family will probably get independent safety checks arranged through their lawyers, which is their right. And if safety regs have been breached then the brown stuff hits the whirly thing.

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My condolences to the family of the deceased. 

 

Well, I know that these financial offers are accepted in Thailand as potential means of apology/compensation but all too often that seems to go hand in hand with relinquishing responsibility.

 

The difference in culture between the business operator and a western family could result in the financial offer being perceived as an insult and especially if it is construed as compensation for loss of life and payment to mitigate acceptance of responsibility.

 

Whether the financial offer is accepted or not I think the important thing here is that safety measures are put in place and a government body oversees the health and safety so these things don't happen again in future.

 

Someone should be held responsible.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, NightSky said:

My condolences to the family of the deceased. 

 

Well, I know that these financial offers are accepted in Thailand as potential means of apology/compensation but all too often that seems to go hand in hand with relinquishing responsibility.

 

The difference in culture between the business operator and a western family could result in the financial offer being perceived as an insult and especially if it is construed as compensation for loss of life and payment to mitigate acceptance of responsibility.

 

Whether the financial offer is accepted or not I think the important thing here is that safety measures are put in place and a government body oversees the health and safety so these things don't happen again in future.

 

Someone should be held responsible.

"Someone should be held responsible" - in the land of irresponsibility? Good luck with that.

 

Sadly I think this is an oxymoron in Thailand: 'government body oversees the health and safety'

 

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Has anyone noted that class one car insurance is only for one million per person and my broker/ agent tells me that the insurance company will normally pay 300,000 baht and wait for claimants to take them to court.

My company in Australia that built exhibition stands had to carry $A 15,000,000 public liability, that was early noughties, what it is now I don’t know.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thai PBS reported that Flight of the Gibbon was under investigation for forest encroachment

Some hiso Thai discovered this successful company was owned by a foreigner.

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3 hours ago, YTP said:

RIP, unfortunate.

However if I weighed 125-200 kilos as reported, I would stay the hell away from any zipline or gravity-based thrills.

I weigh a lot less than that, and I stay the hell away from zipline rides anyway.

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This is Thailand...get used to this stuff, it happens on the roads, in bars, in the forest, and anywhere else.   

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1 hour ago, madmitch said:

So many posts comparing the amount of the payout compared with what a Western company might pay.

 

Just a reminder: this accident occurred in Thailand, not the USA or Canada. The award is commensurate to what might have been paid to a Thai person...

Many Thai attractions charge non-Thais 10x what Thais pay.

 

So in like kind they should pay non-Thais 10x what they pay Thais for the accident.

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4 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

and some flowers and a gift basket, right?

And free rides for the whole family?

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5 minutes ago, JimmyJ said:

Many Thai attractions charge non-Thais 10x what Thais pay.

So in like kind they should pay non-Thais 10x what they pay Thais for the accident.

Ha ha ha!

Stop it! You're using logic again.

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