The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority said that it had now final awarded payments to 572 people who were injured either physically or mentally in the July 7 London bombings attacks and only seven cases have still to be settled in full.
The compensation paid to victims has risen to £11 million despite dozens of claims being rejected as invalid, it was revealed today.
The attacks killed 52 people and injured hundreds more as four suicide bombers attacked three Tube trains and a London bus.
A spokesman for the authority said “We express our sympathy to all victims of crime and their families and are committed to resolving applications as quickly and sensitively as possible. To date, we have paid £11 million in compensation to the victims of 7/7.”
“It is often in the best interests of victims that we don’t settle a claim too early. It can sometimes take years for a full medical prognosis to become clear, particularly where we need to make detailed assessments of things like loss of earnings.”
The average award was just under £20,000, several have been awarded £500,000 the maximum under a statutory tariff scheme for injuries sustained due to criminal action