Just & Fair compensation to be paid to child in case of motor accident: SC

The Supreme Court of India ruled that in case of a child meeting with a motor accident the following appropriate compensation should be considered as ‘just and fair’; if the disability caused is above 10% and upto 30% to the whole body, Rs. 3 lakhs; upto 60%, Rs. 4 lakhs; upto 90%, Rs. 5 lakhs and above 90%, it should be Rs. 6 lakhs.
For permanent disability upto 10%, it should be Rs.1 lakh, unless there are exceptional circumstances to take different yardstick.
The Court said “The main elements of damage in the case of child victims are the pain, shock, frustration, deprivation of ordinary pleasures and enjoyment associated with healthy and mobile limbs. The compensation awarded should enable the child to acquire something or to develop a lifestyle which will offset to some extent the inconvenience or discomfort arising out of the disability. Appropriate compensation for disability should take care of all the non-pecuniary damages. In other words, apart from this head, there shall only be the claim for the actual expenditure for treatment, attendant, transportation, etc.”

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