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Terror attack victims to sue insurers of van hire firm

Survivors of the London Bridge terror attack who suffered serious injuries when they were hit by a hired van are claiming compensation from the insurer of the rental company. (stock photo)
Survivors of the London Bridge terror attack who suffered serious injuries when they were hit by a hired van are claiming compensation from the insurer of the rental company. (stock photo)

By Margaret Davis

Survivors of the London Bridge terror attack who suffered serious injuries when they were hit by a hired van are claiming compensation from the insurer of the rental company.

The group will make a claim against Probus, the insurance company for Hertz, to pay for medical costs.

Terrorist ringleader Khuram Butt (27) hired the white Renault Master hours before the attack which killed eight people and injured dozens more.

He, Youssef Zaghba (22) and Rachid Redouane (30) ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge - killing Xavier Thomas and Christine Archibald and injuring several others - before stabbing passers-by at random near Borough Market.

Patrick Maguire, a personal injury lawyer for Slater and Gordon, who represents a number of victims, said: "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 in 2017, just before the Westminster Bridge attack by extremist Khalid Masood, to allow victims of terror attacks to make claims against car rental companies.

But Mr Maguire warned this has created a two-tier system, because those who were stabbed have to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency, which provides smaller payouts.

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