Dead maid’s dependent sues employers for negligence
The domestic worker died after a 1.5-meter-long cabinet fell from a wall while she was sleeping, severely injuring her head
A dependent of a Filipino maid who was killed three years ago by a falling cabinet in the apartment where she worked filed a writ to the Hong Kong High Court on Tuesday against the woman’s employers, alleging negligence and requesting an unspecified amount of compensation.
The fatal accident occurred in an apartment in The Metropolis, a residential estate in Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, on October 3, 2014. Espinar Raquel Fortes, 45, died after a 1.5-meter-long cabinet fell from a wall while she was sleeping, severely injuring her head, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The employers’ son, then a four-year-old boy, who was sleeping beside the maid was unhurt. He ran to the next room to tell his father about the accident.
The maid was sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital but was certified dead.
In a writ filed with the High Court, lawyers acting for the maid and her dependent Espinar Anita Fortes claimed that the victim had died as a consequence of her employers’ negligence and breach of duty of care, Oriental Daily reported.
The defendants in the case are the deceased maid’s employers Ip Ka-man and Cheung Yat-ki.
A hearing has been scheduled for February 22, Apple Daily reported.