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Man ‘rides’ into court

By AZARD ALI Wednesday, March 12 2014

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RIDING AROUND: Timothy Phillip James, rides out of the San Fernando Courthouse on a skateboard on Monday after hearing a lawsuit he brought against an...
RIDING AROUND: Timothy Phillip James, rides out of the San Fernando Courthouse on a skateboard on Monday after hearing a lawsuit he brought against an...

HAVING lost his left leg which was amputated nine years ago, Timothy Phillip James had to use crutches to aid him in getting around. James was to endure further tribulations.

On September 8, 2012, James was walking along La Plaisance Road in La Romaine with his crutches, when a vehicle struck him down.

His right leg became paralysed and now he is fighting a running battle against an insurance company as he seeks to be compensated for his injuries. Unable to walk or use crutches, James is now forced to move about in a skateboard.

On Monday, he “rode” his way into the San Fernando High Court, where appeared before Master of the Court Patricia Sobion.

The case was called for the Master to set a date for trial to determine the quantum of damages James, who sells scented oils on the streets of San Fernando, should receive.

According to court documents, James of Alexander Street, La Romaine stated that his left leg was amputated in 2005 following an accident.

On September 8, 2012 James was walking along La Plaisance Road, La Romaine, when a vehicle collided with him. At the time, James was walking with the aid of crutches.

When the vehicle struck him, James stated his crutches flew out of his hands and he was pitched into the air and landed in a neighbour’s yard.

Court documents stated James suffered several fractured ribs, but doctors also had to insert a steel plate into his right leg. James spent 44 days at San Fernando General Hospital and when he was discharged, he could not stand.

He stated in an affidavit that his niece was forced to close her parlour to take care of him. Attorney Shawn Roopnarine has taken James’ case in his legal battle against frist defendant Carlyle De Govia and second defendant Beacon Insurance Company Limited.

Unable to walk, James stated he got a skateboard as a gift, because he could not use a wheelchair due to an injury to his shoulder. James began to skate himself in and around San Fernando in order to continue selling his scented oils which is his only means of earning a livelihood.

On Monday, James sitting on his skateboard, rode into the courtroom. Accompanied by his attorney Roopnarine, he rode to the area of the courtroom near to where Master Sobion was seated. Sobion leaned over and looked down at James.

There were evidential objections between Roopnarine and attorneys representing the insurance company. When the issues were resolved, Sobion set May 1 as the date for the trial of assessment of monetary compensation, James should be paid.

She will hear James’ testimony of how the accident occurred, and the extent of his incapacitation.

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