In a most repulsive approach, an insurance company told a Haifa court that because a then 12-year-old accident victim is chareidi, the compensatory payment awarded him should be lower.
The parents of the child, now a yeshiva bachur, showed the court his grades, testifying to keen wit and intelligence, explaining he was planning to study to be a rabbinical judge when he was older. The insurance company, in a brazen approach, stated his grades cannot be interpreted as testimony to his abilities since his chareidi education does not truly exhibit one’s abilities. The insurance company further argued that since he is chareidi, his earning potential would have remainder lower than average, seeking to avoid a sizable payment.
The Haifa court however saw things differently, awarding the victim NIS 95,000 because he is listed as 60% disabled as a result of the accident. In addition, the judge awarded payment for loss of future income, as well as pain and suffering in the amount of NIS 1.695 million [before deductions].
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)