After previous campaigns by the British public, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has announced that British people suffering personal injury in terrorist attacks abroad will receive compensation, once changes are made to the law in the coming month. At present, those wounded or even killed overseas are not able to claim any compensation for their losses.
The news is welcomed after publics fears are heightened amidst recent attacks abroad, particularly those by the Spanish Basque terrorists across popular tourist resorts in the country.
Unfortunately claims are not able to be made in retrospect, which comes as a disappointment to many. In one of the most harrowing cases, Will Pike, who was left severely disabled in the attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, will not be able to claim anything for his injuries. He faces a lifetime in a wheelchair after falling out of a window whilst trying to escape from the attackers. In stark contrast, if Mr Pike had been injured in a road traffic accident here in Britain, it is likely that he may have made a successful personal injury claim of up to £5m.
Mr Pike’s father has been campaigning for better treatment and Government support for those injured abroad. It is thought that Jack Straw’s meeting with him has prompted the Government to reconsider the plight that injured victims may face on their return to the UK.
Once the new changes are brought in, British tourists injured in terror attacks abroad will be able to claim for up to £500,000 for their losses.