Victims of terrorist attacks have attacked the British government for secretly shelving an arrangement to pay them personal injury compensation.
The Ministry of Justice recently stated that the scheme to compensate victims of attacks in Bali, Mumbai and other foreign places is under review, despite having been backed by David Cameron’s party while they were in opposition.
This decision has understandably angered the victims, especially as the government has agreed to pay out millions to Brits who have been detained in Guantánamo Bay.
Will Pike, a victim of the Mumbai attack, said it was absolutely disgraceful to be left hanging on like this. He is now paralysed from the waist down after jumping from a third floor window of the Taj Mahal hotel in order to escape gunmen. Pike said he did not believe in the compensation culture but pointed out that he is now paralysed and confined to a wheelchair and this has added significant additional costs to his life.
Mr Pike’s personal injury solicitor, Jill Greenfield, said it was outrageous that individuals like her client had been promised payments and now the coalition will not say whether it will honour the promise.
It is thought that between 40 and 50 people would have been entitled to put in a personal injury claim for compensation and settlement would only cost the government a few million pounds. All payments that were promised to victims of terrorist acts since 2002 have now been thrown into doubt.
If the crime happens in the UK, victims, regardless of nationality, are entitled to personal injury compensation up to a maximum of £500,000 depending on the severity of the injuries sustained.