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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Compensation

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Given the scale of the compensation scheme and the wide range of issues that effected claims progression it is not possible to produce a folly meaningful average figure. However, the following table provides a profile for the 591,677 claims settled to date. 82% of claims were settled within five years. It should be noted that this includes claims denied, withdrawn and struck out, as well as those claims settled by payment:

Settlement timing profile Claim registration to date of settlement
<1 year 17,756
1-2 years 115.890
2-3 years 144,437
3-4 years 124,741
4-5 years 85,719
5-6 years 40,150
6-7 years 22,747
7-8 years 14,711
8-9 years 10,149
9-10 years 7,066
10 years+ 8,311
Total 591,677

The main reasons for delays in settlement related to the involvement of third party employers, claimants becoming protected parties or the death of the claimant while the claim remained in process.

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