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Lawyer: Maxima wants to earn by reducing compensations for the tragedy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMaxima Latvija and Zolitude 21.11 have reached an agreement on payment of EUR 900,000 to support victims of Zolitude tragedy – EUR 5,000 to EUR 75,000 to each person, as reported by Maxima Latvija.

The agreement states that every victim who suffered serious injuries would be paid EUR 75,000. Compensation for victims with medium to heavy injuries ranges from EUR 20,000 to EUR 35,000. Compensation for victims with light injuries are to be paid EUR 5,000.

Maxima Latvija manager Andris Vilcmeiers notes about the agreement that Zolitude’s tragedy is an unprecedented case and no one has any experience of resolving such problems. Maxima Latvija is no exception.

«We are grateful to representatives of the tragedy’s victims for the constructive dialogue and efforts that have been put into the search for a solution for those people. Thanks to regular discussions, we have reached a solution for providing assistance to victims of the tragedy,» says Vilcmeiers.

Zolitude 21.11 manager Regina Locmele-Lunova says the agreement is proof that the company fulfills its previously made commitment to support victims of the tragedy. She adds that receiving support is every victim’s choice.

The process of signing this agreement has commenced with multiple victims of the tragedy.

Last year, the process of coordinating the provision of EUR 100,000 compensation to relatives of victims who died in the tragedy concluded with most families. In total, approximately five million euros have been allocated by Maxima Latvija for this process.

The company notes that more than two million euros were allocated shortly after the tragedy to pay for medical assistance.

It should be said, however, that shortly before Maxima Latvija’s press release, lawyer Aldis Gobzems, who represents interests of the tragedy’s victims, said that he knows nothing of such an agreement. He added that it seems more likely to him that Maxima Latvija is searching for ways of reducing previously discussed compensations for victims.

«The agreement cannot be considered complete until every matter is coordinated through direct talks. This is basically a breach of our previous agreement and an attempt by Maxima Latvija to avoid paying the full amount,» says the lawyer.

He also says the previous agreement stated that it is necessary to coordinate compensation amounts with the other side. In this case, nothing of the sort was done.

Gobzems does allow that some of his clients may agree to Maxima Latvija’s offered compensation.

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  1. Zerry says:

    Instead of compensation maybe should be talked about what Maxima has changed if anything to avoid similar disasters in future. Still continuing with cheap solutions when building up new stores? Or even worse, the traditional way. Screwing construction prices lower. Therefore the construction company will use as modest products and solutions as they dare. Often even so that the paying end client pays for high quality product but the construction company is using lower level products. It´s just optimizing profits. Result just happens to be failed and seconds but who cares… or?

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