4 years on,injured taxi driver to get compensation

Four years after a Wadala-based taxi driver met with an accident and suffered injuries

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai | Published: August 7, 2013 12:41 am

Four years after a Wadala-based taxi driver met with an accident and suffered injuries,the Mumbai labour court Tuesday directed his employer and an insurance company to pay him Rs 1.6 lakh as compensation for loss of pay and his injuries.

Rakeshkumar Patel (29),who worked with Hasmatali Shaikh for a monthly salary of Rs 4,000,met with an accident at Worli on October 23,2009,when the taxi reportedly collided with a BEST bus. Patel suffered multiple injuries. A complaint was registered by the Worli police against the BEST bus driver for rash and negligent driving.

Patel was hospitalised for several months,and when he approached his employer seeking financial help,he was turned down. Shaikh also denied that he had ever employed Patel,causing further difficulty for Patel in claiming his insurance money.

National Insurance Company reportedly denied Patel his insurance claim,citing reasons like his employment could not be established. The insurance company also raised doubts over Patel’s age proof and alleged he did not hold a valid driving licence.

After following up with Shaikh and the insurance company,Patel moved the labour court. Coming down heavily on the insurance company and Shaikh,labour court Judge Feroze Khan said,“The payment of Rs 4,000 is very meagre a salary,and it cannot be denied by any employer or insurer.” While Patel had sought Rs 5 lakh as compensation along with interest and penalties slapped on his employer and the insurance company,the court awarded a compensation of Rs 1,63,232,including Rs 1,00,761 as medical expenses,a 12 per cent interest on the amount and 50 per cent fine.

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