Mumbai: In a significant ruling, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of Rs 2 crore (with interest) to a 53-year-old man from Bhandup who lost his right leg in a tanker accident in 2016. At the time of the accident, the man was a deputy general manager with an FMCG company and was traveling to Datiya in Madhya Pradesh with a friend. The incident occurred when they stopped near a dhaba on the highway for a break, and a tanker, coming from the wrong direction, hit him while he was urinating.
The tribunal recognized that while the petitioner did not suffer a financial loss of earnings, his earning capacity had been significantly restricted due to the nature of his profession. Despite facing difficulties, the man’s employer continued his employment. The tribunal emphasized that the petitioner’s earning capacity had been drastically restricted, if not diminished, and acknowledged the challenges he faced in performing his duties with the restriction on free movement. The compensation reflects the recognition of the impact on the individual’s life and career due to the accident.