Himachal court enhances compensation four times over for accident victim

Shimla: Not satisfied with a meager compensation of Rs 3 for an accident victim who suffered permanent disability, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today enhanced it to Rs 12.5 lakhs.

Allowing an appeal made by the victim, the single Bench of Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir held that the compensation awarded by the Tribunal to the tune of Rs. 3 lacs is meager and required to be enhanced keeping in view all factors necessary in assessing the compensation.

The victim met with anaccident on July 30, 2001 in which she had suffered multiple grievous injuries, back bone and spinal joint dislocation, which made her life miserable.

In his order the judge observed that a housewife was the backbone of a home, maintaining the domestic home and takes all steps to keep her husband, children and other family members united, in good health and joyous mood. She was not only deprived of the income from domestic work and selling milk, but also had to engage a helper for domestic help. She has become permanently disabled, helpless, hapless and a burden on others.

The High Court awarded Rs. 3 lacs for pain and suffering undergone by claimant, Rs. 75,000 for medical treatment, Rs. 75,000 for future medical treatment, Rs. 1.5 lacs under the head of loss of amenities and enjoyment of life, Rs. 4.80 lacs were awarded under the head of future income, Rs. 1.44 lacs under the head of wages of attendant, Rs. 20,000 under the head of Transport charges and Rs. 10,000 under the head of special diet, and thus a total of Rs. 12.54 lacs were awarded to the Claimant with interest @ 7.5 %.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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