Australian hit by company car removes part of skull, reaches $750k settlement with RWS

An Australian tourist who got into an accident with a car belonging to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)  in 2011, reached a $750,000 settlement with the company on Wednesday (Nov 15). 

The victim, Jay Mitchell Smith, 31, sustained head injuries and was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital following the accident. 

During the operation, part of his skull was removed, reports Shin Min Daily News

According to court documents, Mr Smith was crossing Orchard Road when a car driven by a company employee, Abdul Rahim Mohammad Akhbar, rammed into him. 

The collision caused Mr Smith to get flung onto the windscreen of the car, shattering it. 

Mr Smith, who had been on a holiday in Singapore, subsequently sued RWS and the driver.

He received about $230,000 as compensation for loss of income and medical expenses. 

He calmed that he had to undergo another procedure on July 30, 2016, back in Sydney, to attach a titanium plate to his head.

Mr Smith also revealed that his father and older brother are commercial pilots working for Scoot airline, and he had aspired to be one since he was young. 

However, due to his injuries, he would be unable to follow in their footsteps. 

He also claimed that he was a gifted athlete and would have become a pilot for sure had the accident not happened. 

To that end, Mr Smith initially asked for $6,729,452 from RWS. 

RWS’s legal representative revealed that the company had taken into consideration Mr Smith’s injuries and damage to career opportunities, before reaching a settlement by awarding him $1.07 million.

As Mr Smith had earlier accepted 30 per cent of the blame for the accident, he will receive $750,000 instead, a 30 per cent reduction from the sum.