Personal Injury

Transport written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the highest 10 payments made by her Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the last 12 months for which figures are available; which of those cases were (a) contested and (b) uncontested by the Department; and what the nature of the incident was in each case.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The-highest 10 payments made by the Department for Transport in settlement of personal injury claims over the last 12 months were as follows:

Nature of incident Contested Y es /N o Settlement amount (£000)
Trip/fall injury to employee while at work. Yes 135
Road traffic accident injury due to flooding Yes 125
Road traffic accident injury due to flooding Yes 105
Fall injury to employee Yes 57
Asbestos related injury. Exposure occurred in 1965 to 1975 Yes 50
Mechanical handling injury to employee Yes 23
Slip injury to employee Yes 22.5
Mechanical failure injury to employee Yes 21
Road traffic accident—collision Yes 15
Work place injury Yes 12
Notes:

1. These figures exclude the costs reimbursed to the claimants.

2. No claim was paid without first obtaining relevant evidence and negotiating a settlement figure.

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