Viewers claim Queen’s Day attack damages

A number of people who watched tv and internet footage of the Queen’s Day attack, in which Karst Tates drove his car through the crowd killing eight people, are attempting to claim damages, the AD reports on Friday.

The paper says insurance company Reaal and damages claim specialists SAP in Amersfoort have been approached by people who want to make a claim for the shocking effect of the footage. The attack, in which bodies are seen flying through the air, was broadcast live on tv.
A spokesman for Reaal refused to tell the paper how many claims had been received.
But VU University law professor Arno Akkermans told the paper: ‘I have spoken to them [Reaal] about it. They say they have had many claims and are looking for advice how to deal with them.’
Lawyer Jan Wilem Koeleman from SAP told the paper: ‘a number of clients have registered their intention to claim damages after seeing television and other coverage’.
But a spokesman for the Dutch victims support body Slachtofferhup said the claims were ‘inappropriate’ and have no hope of succeeding.
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