Woman hit by ambulance 17 yrs ago gets Rs 65,000 compensation
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The woman claimed she spent Rs 50,000 on treatment, but was left permanently injured by the accident
A woman hit by an ambulance 17 years ago, which she claimed had rendered her unfit for her job as a farm labourer, has won Rs 65,000 as compensation in the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT).
The tribunal presided over by K D Vadane recently directed the Baramati Nagar Parishad that owned the ambulance, driver Satish Pandharinath Satav, and the Oriental Insurance Company Limited-which had insured the ambulance - to pay the woman, Vimala Gaikwad, Rs 65,000 as compensation.
She had claimed compensation citing permanent injuries after the ambulance driven by Satav hit her n August 30, 1995.
She was walking along Sassoon hospital when the ambulance approaching from Maldhakka chowk at high speed hit Gaikwad and three other women killing one of them on the spot. Gaikwad stated in her complaint that she suffered multiple fractures and was treated at Sassoon General Hospital from August 30, 1995 to October 10, 1995.
She claimed she spent Rs 50,000 on treatment, but was left permanently injured by the accident.
"I was 45 years old at the time and was a farm labourer earning Rs 2,500 per month. Due to the permanent injury, I am unable to work in the fields anymore," she told the Tribunal. All the three respondents, Baramati Nagar Parishad, Satav and the insurance company refuted Gaikwad's contention that she had spent Rs 50,000 on her treatment and that she is unable to work now. Driver Satav stated that the women abruptly appeared in front of him making it difficult to control the vehicle and preventing the accident but the court relied on the case Bundgarden police station had registered against Satav stating the accident had occurred due to rash and negligent driving.
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