A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded nearly Rs 1 crore to a 19-year-old man who suffered serious injuries in a road mishap leaving him in a "persistent vegetative state".
MACT Presiding Officer Amit Bansal asked United India Insurance Company Limited, the insurer of the offending vehicle, to pay Rs 97,68,000 to the family of New Delhi resident Jagjot Singh, the victim.
"It is pertinent to note that the petitioner (Singh) since the date of accident is in the persistent vegetative state with Ryles Tube feeding which is also mentioned in the medical certificate dated April 4, 2018, of RML hospital," the court said.
According to the complaint, Singh was injured in an accident while riding his motorcycle near Azadpur flyover in 2012.
The plea claimed that when he reached the flyover, an auto delivery van driven at a high speed and in a rash and negligent manner came from the wrong side and hit his motorcycle.
"In the case in hand, the United India Insurance Company has not been able to show anything on record that the driver cum owner of the offending vehicle was not having any valid driving license to drive the offending vehicle or that the permit of the offending vehicle was not valid and as per settled law.
The court noted that Singh had suffered head injuries with 100 percent disability as per his disability certificate of RML hospital and the petitioner was in permanent vegetative state (coma) and that the disability was permanent and not likely to improve.
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