A man in Tainan has been ordered to pay NT$3.04 million (US$101,158) in damages to a doctor for injuries caused by his pet macaw in 2020.
The man, surnamed Huang (黃), was ordered to compensate the doctor, surnamed Lin (林), for his financial losses over half a year when he was unable to practice due to the injuries caused by the macaw, the Tainan District Court said in a ruling issued on Dec. 30.
The doctor suffered a hip joint dislocation and an acetabulum bone fracture on his right hip on the evening of July 13, 2020, when he was attacked by the macaw while jogging on an access road in Gueiren District (歸仁) after Huang released the bird without taking any precautions.
Photo: Tung Chen-kuo, Taipei Times
Lin fell to the ground when the macaw suddenly approached him from behind and scratched the back of his head.
Although Huang immediately called an ambulance to take Lin to a hospital, the doctor had to undergo one week of treatment there, and then rest at home for more than half a year and be looked after by a care provider.
Lin sued Huang for NT$3.68 million in compensation for his financial losses, including a monthly salary of NT$220,000 and other medical and caregiving expenses, the ruling said.
Photo: Chen Yun,Liberty Times
The court awarded Lin NT$3.04 million in compensation — a ruling that can be appealed.
It also sentenced Huang to two months in jail for causing unintentional injuries.
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