It’s like the Boston bombing victims were violated once by losing their lives and limbs and now their being violated a second time by not being properly compensated for their loss.
According to The NY Daily News
The administrator of a fund created to help Boston Marathon bombing victims has a blunt message for them: Lower your expectations.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said at a public meeting Tuesday that the $28 million One Fund Boston won’t pay out nearly enough to fully compensate the families of the three killed or the more than 260 injured, and may not pay much of anything to those with less serious injuries.
“There isn’t enough money to pay everybody who justifiably expects it or needs it,” he said.
Feinberg’s draft plan for distributing the money reserves the highest payments for the families of the three killed in the bombings – Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi – and for the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was shot to death by the bombers as they attempted to flee.
Feinberg’s warning to lower expectations wasn’t lost on Dan Loring, whose daughter, Brittany, was so badly hurt by shrapnel from the first blast that she was in the hospital for 11 days. But the severity of her injuries still means she won’t qualify for the largest payments, leaving her father wondering about money for her care, including out-of-pocket expenses associated with her three surgeries and rehabilitation.
Loring, who lives in Lancaster, Mass., said he walked two miles to his Cambridge hotel “just to clear my head” after a similar meeting with Feinberg on Monday night that drew about 100 people. A few dozen were at Tuesday’s session, which Loring also attended.
“After leaving last night, I’m not so confident now we’ll see much, if anything,” he said.
Hopefully things will work out.