Government Assistance For Terrorism Victims

We are all affected when terrorist attacks devastate nations. While the scale of damage caused can be catastrophic for the country involved, the toll personally on those at the epicentre can leave physical and mental scars for life. For those affected, the UK government has procedures in place to assist sufferers caught up in terrorist attacks abroad.

 

UK Citizens Attacked

Before beginning this piece, it is worth taking the time to bring to light the scale that the most recent attacks have had on the world in general. With attacks closer to home including Brussels and Paris still fresh in the memory of Europe, we can sometimes forget many more attacks are occuring in countries closer to the conflict in the Middle East, pretty much on a daily basis. Most recently there have been attacks in Turkey, as well as a Catholic priest in Yemen captured and crucified on Good Friday.

Whenever an act of terrorism takes place, people from all backgrounds suffer. Unfortunately, sometimes this includes citizens of the United Kingdom. In the recent attacks within Europe, there was at least 1 Brit killed in each attack with others injured at the hands of extremists.

When it comes to suffering physical and mental injury due to the actions of others, an attack by terrorists is not a situation many would think they can seek assistance with (as often it’s impossible to trace or prosecute those responsible). Thankfully for British citizens though, the government does have contingency planning for the worst situations.

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Government Help

The UK government has funds in place in the event of emergencies for its citizens who are caught up in terrorist attacks. Since November 2012, citizens abroad that are victims of terrorism have been able to claim in the same way that a victim of criminal injury can make a claim.

Qualifying criteria does need to be met to receive compensation but if either yourself, a partner or close family member were involved, then it is likely the government will be willing work with you. The current criterion on the gov.uk website states:

  • If you were physically or mentally injured from an attack listed on the claims page
  • You witnessed a loved one being injured from a listed attack
  • Your partner or close family member was killed in a listed attack

 

Help At Hand

Sincere Law is a specialist with serious injury cases. We can also assist with criminal cases, which require a similar interaction with government authorities to terrorism cases. Acts of terrorism however are extreme circumstances and we would always suggest seeking help through the official government channels if you are affected and are injured or if a loved one is injured.

For more information on assistance with overseas terrorism attacks, the government has published a guide to answer any questions. Acts of terrorism are rare occurrences and often the numbers involved are few. However, when it affects you or your family, it can easily destroy lives. There is help available if you are affected and we strongly recommend that you utilise any and all assistance that is made available to you.

 

Beware: Burning E-Cigarette Batteries

In recent months, many UK news outlets have reported on a worrying trend with the revolution that is ‘vaping’ in which some brands’ batteries have leaked and caught fire in users’ pockets causing very serious damage. Sincere Law takes a look at the growing trend of E-Cigarette users and the safety problems faced by manufacturers.

 

The New Sensation

Back in 2007 the UK became smoke free in public environments including pubs and clubs, public transport and inside the workplace. While smoking has seen a gradual decrease in the number of smokers within the UK year on year since the 1970’s (when 45% of the population smoked), the largest decreases have been during the early to mid 2000s when plans to introduce the ban were finalised and implemented. Between 2002 and 2010 we saw a drop of 6% with a further 1% fall in 2013.

With the fall in usage, we have seen the rise of a popular alternative thought to be much healthier while recreating smoking a traditional cigarette; E-cigarettes. 2003 saw the first real incarnations of electronic cigarettes from retailers, in the 13 years since, the UK has seen a large percentage of former smokers divert to E-Cigarettes in the hope of protecting their long term health. In 2014 alone nearly 900,000 people used E-cigarettes in an attempt to stop smoking.

e cigarette user statistics in the UK

Reliability Issues

With the popularity and rapid rise of the E-cigarette, it is no surprise that multiple brands have emerged to challenge for market supremacy. With so many brands available of varying designs, there comes a risk of defective products utilising design errors or poor quality materials.

Some of these flaws evidenced quite regularly in the UK press over the past year include cigarettes experiencing leaking battery acid and explosions within user’ pockets. The spate of second and third degree burns suffered by users (not just in the UK) has prompted safety concerns for the use of the smoking alternatives.

The act of vaping is similar to that of inhaling asthma medicine (making the inhalation process safer); the batteries used by many manufacturers are what is causing the failures; many being deemed unsafe due to their volatile nature. While no regulation is in place just yet to control quality of E-cigarette brands (beyond normal product safety laws), the spate of accidents in the last few years has prompted discussion about how they are made.

 

Smoking Vs Vaping

The effects of smoking have been well documented by government agencies, charities and past smokers. E-cigarettes; despite suffering the recent malfunctions, are still considered the long term healthier option. The effects of first and second hand smoke (not always from a cigarette) can have life changing effects on the lungs and respiratory system. In the current climate the trend of inhaling flavoured vapour seems a much more eco friendly option as the molecules absorbed from the vapour do not cause damage to the lungs like the inhaled tar and carbon monoxide do.

Plans have recently been put forward by the government to tax E-cigarettes the same as normal cigarettes due to the nicotine (potentially affecting people’s choice to substitute to E-cigarettes). A new tax would put both on similarly equal footing financially. E-cigarettes however would still maintain its current health advantages. Whether UK smokers will be fully converting to electronic in the future remains to be seen, but for now, even with teething problems, the E-cigarette is definitely on the rise.

e cigarettes have started to catch up to regular cigarettes by users

Your Experiences

We took to Twitter to find some of your opinions and experiences with using E-cigarettes. Some of you have even seen your E-cigarette explode as reported in recent news.

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