Madras High Court orders insurance firm to pay extra compensation of Rs 25 lakh to amputee

The Madras High Court has increased the compensation awarded to a bilateral amputee from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 45 lakh, as he has to depend on another person even for day-today tasks such as going to the bathroom.

The amputee, 32-year-old R Nagaraj, was a cleaner for a mini lorry, who was severely injured in a road accident in 2009. The accident involved a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus and a two-wheeler.

The accident took place on the Hosur-Bengaluru highway.

Nagraj's legs were amputated in the surgical procedures during treatment.

Three years later, the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal in Chennai awarded a compensation of Rs 20.9 lakh to Nagraj.

The insurance firm, New India Assurance Company Limited, which was to bear the costs, filed an appeal with the Madras High Court against the tribunal's order.

The court has increased the compensation to Rs 45 lakh on the grounds that Nagraj would not be able to move on his own for the rest of his life.

The court said that the increased amount includes Rs 10 lakh for attendant charges and nursing expenses. Another Rs five lakh is for Nagaraj's wife for loss of material pleasure.

The bench has asked the insurance firm to deposit the entire amount or whatever is pending, along with interest in Nagraj's bank amount within four weeks from the date of receipt of the order copy.

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