Disabled Afghanistan veterans are hopeful the new Liberal government will increase disability benefits.
If that happens, a class-action lawsuit filed in BC Supreme Court could be dropped.
Vancouver’s Jim Scott says his son was injured in Afghanistan in 2010.
“He lost his kidney, one of his kidneys, his spleen, and part of his pancreas, and his settlement was 41-thousand dollars, and I felt it was disproportionately low.”
Scott founded the Equitas Society to raise one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for a legal fight against the federal government.
The case is on hold until May.
Scott hopes they can reach a settlement.
“The Liberals it was a philosophy difference, they know that it’s going to cost money, and they’ve accounted for that money in their budget. The Conservatives did not account for an increase in spending to give such benefits to disabled soldiers.”
The Liberals have promised to increase the tax free lump-sum payment, and to provide life-long pensions for all disabled veterans.