BERLIN: German lawyers representing dozens of families who lost loved ones in the Germanwings plane crash last month say they may sue the airline in the United States to get more compensation.
The law in Germany, where almost half the 150 victims came from, doesn’t currently consider the deceased’s future earnings and the emotional impact on families when calculating how much money relatives are entitled to.
Lawyer Elmar Giemulla said Tuesday that because two of the victims were American a U.S. court is likely to take up the case anyway, and could allow non-Americans to join.
Giemulla and another lawyer, Christof Wellens, said they hoped to resolve the case through negotiations with Germanwings’ parent company Lufthansa rather than going to court.
The airlines didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.