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NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED v. P.V.RAVEENDRAN, AGED 45, S/O. VASU - MACA No. 1920 of 2006  RD-KL 1569 (19 January 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMMACA No. 1920 of 2006()
1. NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED,
1. P.V.RAVEENDRAN, AGED 45, S/O. VASU,
2. SHYAMALA RAVEENDRAN, AGED 40,
3. RESHMI, AGED 22, D/O. LATE RAVEENDRAN,
4. RAJANI, D/O. LATE RAVEENDRAN,
5. O.V.RAMAKRISHNAN, S/O. VELAYUDHAN,
6. SABU ISAAC, S/O. PATHROSE ISAAC,
For Petitioner :SRI.LAL GEORGE
For Respondent :SMT.S.K.DEVI
The Hon'ble MR. Justice K.T.SANKARAN
O R D E R
K.T. SANKARAN, J.M.A.C.A.NO. 1920 OF 2006
Dated this the 19th day of January,2007
on 21.8.1998, while the predecessor in interest of the respondents herein, namely, Raveendran was travelling in a KSRTC bus, bearing Registration No.KL- 15/1804, an accident occurred at 8.30 P.M. The bus, bearing Registration No.KEF/6687, driven by the second respondent dashed against the KSRTC bus. Raveendran sustained injuries. Raveendran filed O.P.(MV) No.3536 of 1998 claiming compensation. He died pending the claim petition and the respondents herein were impleaded as his legal representatives.
2. As a result of the accident, Raveendran sustained injuries as noticed in Ext.A4 wound certificate. It is noted in the wound certificate that there was injury to the tongue on its right side and that there was pain and difficulty in swallowing. Ext.A10 series medical certificates issued by the Doctors of Medical College Hospital, Kottayam were also M.A.C.A. NO.1920 OF 2006 C produced. It has come out in evidence that Raveendran was suffering from renal problems as well. Ext.A5 series medical bills were produced to prove the expenses incurred for treatment. Raveendran was employed in Raymonds Retail Shop at Ernakulam.
3. The Tribunal found that the accident occurred due to the rash and negligent driving of the bus, bearing No.KEF/6687. The Tribunal awarded Rs.50,000/- as compensation. Rs.1,500/- was awarded under the head `transportation', Rs.500/- as damage to clothings, Rs.1,000/- towards extra nourishment, Rs.1,000/- as expenses for the attendant, Rs.15,000/- for treatment expenses, Rs.6,000/- for loss of leave, Rs.15,000/- towards pain and suffering and Rs.10,000/- for loss of amenities in life and enjoyment.
4. The learned counsel for the appellant submits that the amount awarded by the Tribunal as compensation is highly excessive and that the Tribunal did not properly consider the documentary evidence produced M.A.C.A. NO.1920 OF 2006 C before it. He also pointed out that no oral evidence was adduced on behalf of the claimants. Raveendran was aged 45 at the time of accident. Now he is no more. A sum of Rs.50,000/- was awarded by the Tribunal as compensation to his widow and children.
5. On going through the award passed by the Tribunal and taking into account the facts and circumstances of the case, I do not think that the amount awarded by the Tribunal is excessive. No interference is called for. The Motor Accidents Claims Appeal is dismissed. (K.T.SANKARAN) Judge ahz/
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