Year of Viagra for accident victim

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 September, 2000, 12:00am

A 52-year-old road accident victim whose sex life was undermined by his injuries was yesterday awarded a year's supply of Viagra by a court as part of his damages settlement.


Cook Chan Kwun-tak was awarded $4,320 to buy the tablets. His claim had been for a 10-year supply. The sum formed part of $2.5 million in compensation to Mr Chan, knocked down by a motorcycle on June 23, 1997. He had claimed for Viagra worth $43,200 - the cost of a 10-year supply - to resolve his sexual dysfunction.


Mr Justice Azizul Suffiad would only allow for a year's supply because Mr Chan failed to prove a 10-year treatment was reasonable.


The Court of First Instance judge accepted the medical findings of urologist Dr George Koo that Mr Chan's sexual problems were related to a head injury suffered in the accident. The incident left Mr Chan with head injuries and neurological, orthopedic and psychiatric disabilities.


Dr Koo recommended Viagra treatment. He estimated the monthly cost at $360, but did not specify how long Mr Chan would need the treatment. 'If the plaintiff wishes to base his claim on such treatment for a period of 10 years, the onus is upon the plaintiff to prove that such period is reasonable,' Mr Justice Suffiad said in a written judgment.


The defendant, motorcyclist Kwok Chun-fong, who admitted full liability but disputed the amount of Mr Chan's claim, was only prepared to concede the cost for one year of treatment.


Mr Chan was also awarded $4,800 for psychological counselling. The $2.5 million also includes $650,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenities, and $960,000 for loss of future earnings.