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Government will wait for bridge collapse companies to allocate compensation

Several of the parties involved in the aftermath of the November 2 bridge collapse near the village of Iliášovce, Levoča district, including the government, have started talking about compensation for the victims and their relatives. Victims might claim up to €49,000 each from the state-run social insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa, but also from the construction companies. However, it is still not clear which of them is primarily responsible, the Sme daily reported.

Several of the parties involved in the aftermath of the November 2 bridge collapse near the village of Iliášovce, Levoča district, including the government, have started talking about compensation for the victims and their relatives. Victims might claim up to €49,000 each from the state-run social insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa, but also from the construction companies. However, it is still not clear which of them is primarily responsible, the Sme daily reported.

The government says that it wants to wait for the final sum which the companies will allocate for compensation of those injured. Only after that will it say whether it will also allocate money or not.

“Neither the amount of reimbursement nor [how much] the subjects will contribute, has yet been set,” said Rastislav Paďha, spokesperson for the Váhostav construction firm, which leads the consortium of companies responsible for construction of the 9-kilometre section of the D1 highway between Jánovce and Jablonové of which the failed bridge was supposed to form a part.

The accident happened on a bridge which was being built by the firm Bögl a Krýsl, which confirmed it would compensate the victims. However, representatives of the firm refused to say how much they would allocate, Sme wrote.

Source: Sme

For more information about the story please see: Weak support frame may have caused bridge to collapse

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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