Cook who lost fingers to get Rs 4 lakh
05 Jul, 2014 12:12 PM
More than a decade after a cook lost his fingers in a road accident, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has directed United India Insurance Ltd to pay him a compensation of 4 lakh.

In his submissions before the tribunal, V Radhakrishnan said he was a 'parotta master' at a hotel in Chemmenchery. On September 5, 2003 he was travelling in a van which was being driven in a rash and negligent manner. The driver lost control of the vehicle near Pallavan Colony on OMR and it overturned after hitting the median. Doctors amputated the middle and index fingers of his right hand.

The next year, he moved the tribunal seeking a compensation of 5 lakh, saying he lost his employment skills because of the accident. When the case came up for hearing, owner of the vehicle, S Venkatesan of Pattinapakkam, did not appear before the court. United India Insurance, however, argued that the vehicle did not meet with an accident.

Judge J Chandran said the vehicle was involved in an accident and the van driver was squarely responsible. The owner and the insurer were jointly liable to pay him the compensation, the judge said. "Radhakrishnan would not be in a position to continue his work without his fingers which are important for writing, lifting any articles and making parotta. His earning power would have been affected," he said.

The judge then directed the insurance company had to pay 4 lakh as compensation along with 7.5% interest from 2004 for loss of income, pain and suffering along with medical and other expenses.
Source : The Times Of India

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