MH17: Son of Sydney teacher sues MAS after selling home, quitting job

MH17: Son of Sydney teacher sues MAS after selling home, quitting job
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PETALING JAYA - The son of a Sydney teacher who died on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 last year has been forced to sell his family home and has given up his job after the loss of his mother, according to a report.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Tim Lauschet filed legal papers at the Supreme Court in Australia against MAS on the first anniversary of the MH17 crash on Friday.

It said that the claim includes "the loss and damage associated with the sale of the plaintiff's deceased mother's home following the incident. The plaintiff says that persons in his position are entitled to claim damages in respect of those matters."

It was reported that Lauschet, 24, only received AU$50,000 (RM140,300) in compensation when his lawyers said that he should have received AU$113,100 (RM317,359) instead under internationally recognised aviation guidelines.

The report cited his lawyers as saying that Lauschet was also entitled to include a claim of damages for the loss of dependency.

The legal papers stated that Lauschet had received his mother's care, education, training, guidance and encouragement as well as financial, economic benefits and support.

It said: "The plaintiff suffered a recognised psychiatric and/or psychological injury as a result of the death of his deceased mother."

"The plaintiff was not able to maintain his work after the incident and ceased work. The plaintiff's present and future earning capacity is impaired," it added.

Lauschet reportedly said that he was forced to pursue legal action because MAS had not answered questions sent by his lawyers in January.

Lauschet's mother Gabriele Lauschet, 48, was a teacher at a German International School in Sydney who was engaged to be married this year.

"I'm hoping she would be proud of my stance. She was very gentle but pretty tough and survived a few very difficult battles of her own," he was quoted as saying. "I really don't think she'd expect any less of me."

On July 17 last year, MH17 was shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border, killing all 298 passengers and crew members on board.

 
 

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