TV viewers file Queen’s Day attack damage claims
Insurance company and specialists have received damage claims by TV and internet viewers who saw bodies flying in the Queen’s Day attack.The Netherlands – TV views who saw the footage of the Queen’s Day attack on TV and on the internet have filed claims for emotional damages, reports AD
According to the paper, insurance company Reaal and damages claim specialists SAP in Amersfoort have received claims by people who are seeking shock damages for seeing bodies fly through the air when it was broadcasted live on TV.
During the Queen’s Day royal procession, a troubled man drove his car at high speed through a crowd of spectators in an attempted attack on the royal family, leaving eight people dead.
The AD reports people are trying to extend shock damages beyond the current strict criteria. It also warns of the danger of commercialising sorrow.
Arno Akkermans, Professor of Law at VU University Amsterdam, agrees.
"It's becoming a kind of test case to find out where the boundaries of shock damage lie," said Akkermans.
The paper concludes: "It's bad enough that people are now claiming shock damages for having seen a film on YouTube. But it’s even worse that there are lawyers prepared to supports such claims."
Jaap Smit, director of Victim Support in the Netherlands, dismisses the claims as "inappropriate" and "hopeless".
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