Brings relief to families of 17 accident victims

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SummaryCompensation of Rs 36.20 lakh was awarded in the 17 cases.

The National Lok Adalat held on Saturday provided some relief to 17 families in Motor Accident Claims Tribunal ( MACT ) cases. The courts of Additional District and Sessions judges, while deciding the cases at the Lok Adalat, provided compensation to the kin of 17 persons who met with accidents on different dates. Compensation of Rs 36.20 lakh was awarded in the 17 cases.

Due to limited financial powers given to insurance companies, many MACT cases are usually not settled at the Lok Adalats. The insurance companies are only entitled to provide compensation of Rs 10 lakh in the case of compromise. Earlier, this amount stood at Rs 5 lakh.

In most cases where a person dies, the appellants do not agree with the compensation, which can be maximum of Rs 10 lakh. However, in most of the cases decided on Saturday where a person died, the court provided maximum possible compensation to the claimants.

In the first case, the Court of Additional and District Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni directed the Oriental Insurance Company to pay Rs 9.5 lakh to the family of Late Mohan Lal Chopra (77), a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula.

Chopra died on February 13, 2012, after a car hit him near Sector 48. The car was being driven by Pankaj, a resident of Sector 47, Chandigarh.

The court ordered Oriental Insurance Company to pay the compensation to the claimants that included Chopra’s wife, two sons and the daughter.

In another case, the Court of Additional and District Sessions Judge Surinder Singh Sahni directed the United Insurance Company to pay the family of Sunny (22), a sum of Rs 8. 25 lakh. Sunny had died on June 29, 2012 after he was hit near Zirakpur by a tractor trolly being driven by Mohindar Singh, a resident of Mohali. The court directed the insurance company to pay the sum to parents of the deceased.

Sahni’s court also granted compensation to a 11-year-old girl, who damaged her ear in an accident. Shamana, a student of St Kabir School, Chandigarh, was hit by a car on February 23, 2012. The car was driven by Vinod Agrawal.

The claimant asked for Rs 4 lakh to get the girl treated at a private hospital in Mohali. However, the respondents were ready to pay for the cost of treatment at PGI. The court ruled that the compensation demanded by the claimant must be handed out.

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