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London Bridge attack survivors seek medical costs from van hire firm's insurer

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.

Van used in the London Bridge attacks

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 van hours before launching the attack which killed eight people and injured dozens more.

He, Youssef Zaghba, 22, and Rachid Redouane, 30, drove ploughed the van into people on London Bridge - killing Xavier Thomas and Christine Archibald and injuring several other people - before stabbing passers-by at random near Borough Market.

Terrorists involved in the van and knife attack on London Bridge heading north past the underground station Credit: Met Police

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.

– Patrick Maguire, personal injury lawyer, Slater and Gordon

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.

However Mr Maguire warned that 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.

London Bridge terrorists (left to right) Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba Credit: Met Police

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.

– Patrick Maguire, personal injury lawyer, Slater and Gordon