Merlin Entertainments have begun making initial compensation payments to the victims of the rollercoaster crash that occurred at Alton Towers earlier this month

The payouts come as Stewarts Law, who are representing the victims of the crash, take the total number of victims they are representing to eight.

Representatives from Kennedys, currently advising Merlin Entertainments, have already confirmed that there will be no need for the injured people to litigate as the company has accepted "all responsibility" for the incident.

Stewarts Law were initially approached by three victims of the crash who were said to have suffered "life changing" injuries as a result of the Smiler ride appearing to malfunction on June 2nd.

They begun to investigate the possibility of legal action being taken and have since taken on further clients who were present on the ride when it crashed into another, unmanned carriage.

After meeting with the Health & Safety Executive inspectorate last week, Stewart's partner Paul Paxton said: "The families are satisfied that no expense is being spared in the investigation into what caused the accident on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers. The HSE made it clear that the requisite multidisciplinary expertise was in place. The ride is likely to remain closed for a significant period of time, indeed it may never open again.

“The families are reassured that every angle is being thoroughly covered.”

With only around half of the people injured as a result of the incident having so far sought legal advice, these interim payouts could merely represent the tip of the iceberg for Merlin Entertainments who are already estimated to have lost around £3m in sales alone when closed for six days in the aftermath of the crash.