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Miners' Compensation

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average payment made to solicitors was in (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases for (i) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (ii) vibration white finger claims.

Photo of Nigel Griffiths Nigel Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 26 April 2004

The solicitors' costs are paid on a tariff basis, under the terms of the Claims Handling Agreements (CHA). Costs are only payable for successful claims, there are no costs payable for unsuccessful claims.

Under the CHA the basic costs are:

Costs (£) 1
COPD
Settled expedited offers 955
Settled full and final offers 1,856
Settled chronic bronchitis only 531
VWF(22)
General damages claims in Group 1 occupations(23) 652
General damages claims in Group 2 occupations(24) 760

(21) Plus VAT plus disbursements.

(22) Costs for handling services claims are not yet agreed.

(23) Group 1 occupations incorporates the occupations where generally in the coal mining industry the use of hand held vibratory or percussive tools was recognised as a substantial part of the occupation.

(24) Group 2 occupations incorporates the occupations where in the coal mining industry the use of hand held vibratory or percussive tools was not necessarily a substantial part of the job, however use by individuals within the group, may well have been significant.

Note:

In addition solicitors receive additional payments for handling Grant of Probates, disputes procedures and posthumous claims.

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