LISTEN: Family of MH370 victims entitled to compensation
THE parents of a Central Queensland couple who were killed on board MH370 say they could not put a financial value on the loss they have suffered but the family is entitled to sue Malaysian Airlines for emotional damages.
The family of Rodney and Mary Burrows are one of two in Australia suing the airline for $200,000 in compensation for "suffering various degrees of nervous shock and consequential economic loss" for failing to prevent the plane from going missing.
Rodney Burrows' parents Irene and George Burrows, of Biloela, said they were unaware of the claim but said the couples' children were entitled to damages.
"We're not involved with the claim at all, we know nothing about it and I feel we don't have any right for a claim," Mrs Burrows said.
"There is sons and daughters and I think they are probably entitled to more than we are.
"I don't understand the law very much but I feel sure we aren't entitled to anything and even if we were we wouldn't take it, we would give it to the kids anyhow."
More than two years since the flight disappeared, Mrs Burrows said the emotional impact continued to affect the couple.
"It never leaves. (It has been) pretty rough actually. Neither of us are very young and it has been very hard to comprehend sometimes that he's not coming home," she said.
"It was a terrible shock. My husband and I, our health hasn't been very well since it happened and it seems to be all stemmed from the shock and I think if they can get anything, well they're entitled to it.
"You can't put a financial value on it that's for sure but whatever they can get, well fair enough I think.
"You put yourself in their position, their mother and father goes on holiday and don't come home and have no idea where they are or what exactly happened to them.
"We know what they were on, we saw them getting on the plane so I think if they can get something well fair enough."
The case is expected to return to the Federal Court in Sydney in August.