Relatives of the people who are killed in Boeing 737 Max crash in Indonesia last year have been cheated out of compensation, their lawyers say to BBC
According to Lawyers families were asked to sign forms preventing them from taking legal action against Boeing or Lion Air if they were to receive the compensation., and told “You should move forward. In one hour or two hours you will get the money and you will continue life…”
Those who signed the forms, received a compensation of just under $92,000 each.
“The payouts are controversial because under Indonesian law the families are automatically entitled to £71,000 compensation.” says the lawyers.
Sanjiv Singh, an American lawyer representing some of the families, told the BBC relatives had been pressured into signing away their legal rights.
“The families who signed the release and discharge [documents] have been cheated out of compensation, they’ve been preyed upon by insurance companies and by the counsel for those insurance companies, and ultimately, to the benefit of Boeing” he said.
He added that families were potentially entitled to millions of dollars in compensation.”
On 3 July, Boeing announced it would allocate $100m to help communities and families affected by the two recent 737 Max accidents, but have not been given details to the families about how that money would be used.