J. O. OGEBE, J.S.C.: (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant sued the respondent/cross appellant in the High Court of Cross River State, Ugep Division claiming general damages for negligence in the work place which resulted in the loss of one of his eyes.
The trial court gave judgment in favour of the appellant and awarded One Million Naira (N1,000,000) damages against the respondent The respondent appealed to the Court of Appeal, Calabar Division which allowed the appeal in part and reduced the quantum of damages to N500,000. Dissatisfied with the reduction in the quantum of damages awarded the appellant has appealed to this Court. The respondent/cross appellant was also aggrieved by the decision of the Court of Appeal affirming the judgment of the High Court and cross appealed to this Court.
The learned counsel for the appellant formulated one issue for determination as follows:
"WHETHER it was proper for the Court of Appeal to reduce the quantum of general damages awarded…