MCD staff loses vision in mishap; gets Rs 30.57 lakh as relief

Last Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 20:32

New Delhi: A Motor Accident Claim Tribunal
(MACT) has awarded a compensation of Rs 30.57 lakh to an MCD
employee who lost his eyesight following injuries sustained
in a road accident with an auto-rickshaw last year.

Presiding Officer of MACT Gurvinder Pal Singh directed
IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Co Ltd to pay the amount to
petitioner Bali Ram Singh, holding the autorickshaw driver
negligent for the accident.
"A driver behind the wheels of a mechanically propelled
vehicle is under bounden duty to observe necessary caution for
avoiding striking other vehicles, persons and the users of the
road ahead.

"Having failed to observe such bounden duty and having
struck the motor cycle of the petitioner, causing him grievous
injuries on his person, Rohtash (driver of the three-seater
rickshaw) was berserk and thus negligent," the court said.

It asked the insurance firm to disburse the amount within
30 days as the auto-rickshaw was insured with it.

While computing the compensation, the court took into
account the fact that the 46-year-old victim, who was employed
as an assistant supervisor with MCD, became 100 per cent
visually handicapped after suffering injuries in his eyes and
forehead.
"Petitioner having suffered permanent disability has become
visually handicapped and he shall face extreme hardship in
doing daily chores. He has suffered loss of amenities of life.
Such loss cannot be recompensed in terms of money," the court
said.

Among the factors taken into consideration by the court
for arriving at the compensation were loss of income, earning
capacity, pain and suffering and physical disfigurement.

The victim had suffered grievous injuries, resulting in
loss of vision following a collision with the auto-rickshaw,
at Nangloi here on April 28 last year.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 20:32

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