Father's firm pays out $2.2m

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 May, 1996, 12:00am

A former factory worker sued his father for millions of dollars after losing his forearm in a freak accident.

Pang Wai-chung was awarded $2,241,137 in damages yesterday.

On December 16, 1987, Mr Pang, 28, was cutting rubber at his father's Hoi Tat Rubber factory in Kwun Tong.

The machine he was working on crushed his arm so badly that it had to be amputated at the elbow.

'After the accident he was unable to participate in his favourite sports, including swimming, gymnastics, cycling, tennis and basketball,' Mr Justice Peter Cheung Chak-yau said in a written judgment.

'Mr Pang always wears long-sleeved shirts to cover his right forearm as he does not wish people to notice his prosthesis.

'He became extremely embarrassed when his young relatives asked him about his false hand.' The judge concluded that the amputation fell into the 'substantial injury category'.

Mr Pang was unable to continue his factory work, but a year later managed to find a job as a messenger at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital.

He went to court to fight for earnings lost during his period of unemployment.

Mr Pang also needs money for a special prosthetic arm.

The false limb contains electronic sensors, and is controlled by the muscles in the remaining part of his arm.

When activated, the fingers open and close and the wrist rotates. Each device costs nearly $70,000, and lasts about four years.