What is Grandma's life worth ?

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  1. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Dinosaur

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    Struck by a vehicle on the street and hospitalized in a coma for ten nights...then dead.
    The driver of the vehicle has admitted to being in the wrong.
    Take a guess- what do you think a 64-year-old grandmother's life is worth ?
    The answer just might surprise you.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  2. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Founding Father

    ignoring any 'village insurance' that may be in excess of 200,000 Baht, I would guess the number would be south of 50k.
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  3. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    My wife's father was killed about 8 years ago, struck head-on by a truck while he was on his moto-cy. Instant goner. If I recall correctly the truck's insurance paid 350,000 baht for the loss. The funeral and subsequent cremation went on for 9 days.
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  4. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Sorry to hear your news Coffee. May she R.I.P. Lucky to get 25,000 I expect.
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  5. FERET

    FERET Surin relic

    Really, what is a life worth ?.
    RIP Yai.
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  6. Wombat

    Wombat Cannot re - Member

    Poor lady, RIP.
    It would depend on the negotiating skills of Grandma's family and the wealth of the driver.
    My wife gets called upon often by other families in the village to negotiate dowries and compensation. She does not bow down to authority and is not easily intimidated.
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  7. Rice

    Rice Surin Founding Father

    In other words Mrs Wombat has been Australianfied. Mine too. Can be a problem at times. :rolleyes:
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  8. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father

    However much the answer is, it isn't enough, as no amount of compensation can replace the life of a lady who was loved so much by her family.

    It would be reassuring to know that she knew little, if anything, about the collision, and that she suffered no pain because of her coma.

    R.I.P. Khun Yai Lek
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  9. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Dinosaur

    A very nice sentiment, Merlin.

    In Thailand there seems to be a 'need' to wrap up accidental liability justice without entering a Courtroom.

    A party admits guilt on a roadway and apparently the world keeps spinning whenever someone steps off.
    I'll see if the total costs of her funeral are reimbursed.

    Her hospital bill for hospital ambulance, emergency room and ten nights ICU care was under US$300 for a Thai citizen. Amazing Thailand.
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  10. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Founding Father

    Did the funeral rites go on for 9 days because of the 350k - or were they already planned for 9 days ?
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  11. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    It was a combination of a few things, bad days to do this, bad day to do that...etc., but I think the money helped to extend the length of time, for sure. There was an awful lot of "food-to-go" as well.
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  12. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Dinosaur

    20190610_142555.jpg The payout may have covered all the funeral rites over one hundred days.

    (Of course the cheque goes to the eldest brother so darling doesn't recieve a satang of reimbursement.
    No worries as out of respect I provide what I can afford to lose understanding she was my MIL.)

    Continue to RIP Yai.
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  13. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Founding Father

    Because of tradition the money goes to the eldest brother. But Thailand has inheritance laws just like the west. Without a Will, Grandma is deemed to have died intestate, and her children should share whatever money was considered to be hers.

    RIP Grandma.
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  14. Cent


    Condolences on your wife's loss.
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  15. Croc

    Croc Cannot re - Member

    don't tease me !!!
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  16. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Thanks, Croc - that made me laugh.
  17. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    I am aware that Thai funerals can extend to 3, 4 or 5 days and even more. However, I've yet to come across a Farang funeral that has lasted more than the one day. Perhaps the wife learnt some frugality from her former husband?
  18. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    Not sure I understand your post Yorkie, this was the funeral for my Thai wife's father...a Thai. What could my wife have learned about frugality? The funeral lasted many, many days.
  19. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    I appreciate that. But the Thai wife is generally "in charge" of the Farang husband's funeral which, in my experience, lasts no longer than a day.
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  20. Eanto

    Eanto Guest

    or a heartbeat ...
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