London Bridge survivors sue van hire companys insurers over injuries

Patrick Maguire, a personal injury lawyer from Slater and Gordon, who represents a number of victims, said: “Many of those who survived these dreadful attacks, as with the Westminster attack, have been left with life-changing injuries.”This atrocity has had a profound impact – both physically and psychologically. It will take a great deal of time for survivors and relatives of those who died to begin rebuilding their lives.”We’ve been instructed by a number of victims who were injured by the van to pursue claims against Hertz’s insurer, Probus, to pay for vital rehabilitation and ongoing care needs.”The law was changed shortly before Khalid Masood killed five people and injured 50 more when he ploughed a Hyundai Tucson hired from Enterprise Rent-a-Car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.Among those who are now understood to have received an undisclosed amount in compensation for their injuries from the firm’s insurer Zurich was Francisco Lopes, 26, who had been left with limited use of his left hand following the attack. In the months following the attack he suffered nightmares, flashbacks and a phobia of going outside to busy places.But those representing terror victims warned the change in the law has also had the effect of creating a two-tier system, with those who were stabbed in attacks having to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency, which provides smaller payouts. Butt, 27, and his accomplices Youssef Zaghba, 22, and Rachid Redouane, 30, drove the van into pedestrians – killing Xavier Thomas and Christine Archibald and injuring several other people – before stabbing passers-by at random near Borough Market. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victims of the London Bridge attack who suffered serious injuries when they were hit by the hired van driven by three terrorists are suing the vehicle rental firm for lifelong compensation.Several of those injured in the attack, which left eight people dead, are claiming compensation from Probus, the insurance company for Hertz vehicle hire, to pay for the medical and rehabilitation costs they face over the coming years.Terror victims are entitled to the full cost of their care paid for by the motor insurance industry, rather than having to rely on notoriously stringent Government lump sums.That came as a result of an obscure change in the law, made just three weeks before the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, to allow victims of terror attacks to make claims against car rental companies.The change allowed victims to claim multi-million pound packages for ongoing physical and mental support, compensation for loss of earnings and substantial pay-outs to families of the dead.A number of victims of the Westminster bridge attack are understood to have received compensation for their injuries.Now those left with life changing injuries after Isil sympathiser Khuram Butt hired a white Renault Master van and ploughed into people enjoying a night out around London Bridge are seeking similar settlements. Mr Maguire, who also represents victims stabbed by the three jihadis, said: “These tragic events expose a stark two-tier system for compensating victims of terror attacks.”Those hit by van are able to pursue a normal civil claim against the insurer, which means we are able to quickly secure vital financial support for ongoing care, rehabilitation and loss of earnings.”However, those stabbed can only pursue the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency, meaning financial support is far more limited, with no assistance with their rehabilitation or financial losses.”It’s difficult to explain this to a client who was stabbed that they’re likely to receive much less help and financial support than someone hit by the van – they rightly don’t see how that’s fair.”

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