Boat crash survivor seeks new legal team in bid to collect $9.5M settlement
Former goldsmith and survivor of a near fatal boat accident, Tulsiram Sukdeo says he intends to employ a new legal team to ensure that he gets every cent of a $9.5M settlement from the owners of the US vessel responsible for the mishap.
Almost three years ago, Sukdeo was involved in an early morning accident which partially destroyed his face. He lost one of his eyes and had suffered head injuries. The vessel, owned by an overseas company, SSR Incorporated, slammed into the speed boat which he had boarded at Vreed-en-Hoop.
In a brief telephone call yesterday, Sukdeo said he needs his money which he was awarded because he has suffered enough. Newly appointed Attorney General Anil Nandlall, had represented Sukdeo and was able to secure the settlement. Nandlall explained that the company has no assets in Guyana so he could not levy anything against them here.
Kaieteur News was told that a letter, along with the judgment was sent to the company which is based in the US, but no response was received. Nandlall explained that the service of an overseas lawyer is now needed. He said that lawyers would have to try and enforce the judgment which was handed down in Guyana.
Sukdeo was heading to Georgetown in a speed boat when he saw a “big boat” coming towards him. Sukdeo regained consciousness in the Male Surgical Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being unconscious for several hours.
The pensioner, who struggles to make ends meet for his family, claimed that the accident was a result of carelessness by those onboard the US-based vessel. However, while the company had denied being responsible for the accident, they had initially promised, in writing through their attorney, to contact and compensate Sukdeo. This, however, has not been done.