On 7 April 2021, the Judicial Authority of the Civil Court at the Dubai Courts issued a ruling obliging the defendants in the case of the young Emirati woman Rawda Al Maeeni to pay 10 million AED to the victim’s father in his capacity as the guardian, in compensation for the material and psychological damages she suffered as a result of medical negligence.
Commenting on the court judgment, Isa Bin Haider expressed his full support for the decision, describing it as fair and one of the rarest rulings issued in the UAE in relation to the awarded material compensation. He added, “as part of our professional and humanitarian responsibility, we intend to appeal this ruling to increase the compensation for several reasonable reasons, foremost of which are the real costs required to cover the expenses of treatment and continuous medical care. The victim requires the presence of a nurse at her side permanently, and the awarded compensation covers the actual costs for a period of five years only. The estimated expenses that Rawda requires range between 40 to 50 thousand AED per month, in addition to the psychological damage the patient has sustained depriving her of her basic human right to lead a normal life. Furthermore, the court decision does not cover the insurance company and all parties involved in this case.”
Bin Haider expressed his trust in the fairness of the judiciary system and its response to alleviate Rawda’s father’s distress by increasing the compensation to commensurate with the extent of the psychological and material damages she sustained.