Comatose victim given Rs 59 lakh compensation

A senior citizen, who has been in coma since he met with a road accident here over two-and-a- half years ago, has been awarded a compensation of nearly Rs 59 lakhs by a tribunal.

Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 14:26 PM IST

New Delhi: A senior citizen, who has been in
coma since he met with a road accident here over two-and-a-
half years ago, has been awarded a compensation of nearly Rs
59 lakhs by a tribunal.

Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) awarded the damages
to 61-year-old Model Town resident Partap Sain Katyal, noting
that the victim continued to be comatose since his accident in
May 2009 and there is bleak chances of his recovery.

MACT Judge Dinesh Bhat ordered payment of compensation on
his wife Sharda Katyal`s plea for it. Holding the driver and
owner of the offending car Amit Gupta guilty of causing the
accident, the MACT directed the National Insurance Company,
with which the vehicle was insured, to pay Rs 58,20,785 to
Katyal.

"In view of the statements and documents available on
record, it is prima facie proved that petitioner (victim)
suffered injuries due to rash and negligent driving of the car
driver," the MACT said.

The court awarded the compensation, noting the deposition
by the victim`s wife that she has already spent over Rs 20
lakhs for her husband`s treatment.

She had demanded Rs 59 lakh as compensation, saying
her husband, who ran a partnership business firm, earned Rs
50,000 a month, while she was likely to incur an expanse of Rs
1 lakh per month on his treatment in future.

PTI