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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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.