The Bombay HC on Wednesday enhanced the compensation awarded to a driver who suffered permanent disability in an accident, from Rs1.8 lakh to Rs4.87 lakh.
While increasing the compensation of Sanjay Sule, 37, justice AP Bhangale observed: “The wage he earned by driving was the only source of income, for the claimant, hence a loss of livelihood for him. ”
The HC was hearing an appeal filed by Sule, seeking enhancement in the compensation awarded to him by the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation. On January 22, 2009, the Commissioner had directed the New India Assurance Company Limited and Sule’s employer Omkar Singh — to pay a compensation of Rs 1.87 lakh. The Commissioner had also directed that interest at the rate of 12% be paid from January 2009 till the actual compensation was paid.
Sule met with an accident on November 4, 2004, on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. He suffered serious injuries. Although his disability is to the extent of 40%, it renders him 100% disabled to drive a vehicle, said Avinash Gokhale, advocate for Sule.