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Claim Awards

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Liability to Third Party Scheme are; and what the cause of the complaint was in each case. (115312)

The information requested is in the following table.

The 10 largest settled liabilities for third parties scheme claims as at 31 December 2006

Cause of the complaint

Damages paid (£)

Tripped over telephone wire

200,000

Pulled bed away from wall and experienced a sharp pain in her lower back

200,000

Stepped back onto a board covering cable duct, board shifted as not secured and leg fell down duct

201,624

Contracted Legionella. Subsequently died

210,000

Injured while closing a vehicle entrance to the ambulance station

212,975

Caught leg on spike protruding from bed

250,000

Scanning numerous maternity patients and suffered repetitive strain injury

250,000

Slipped on wet and soapy floor

258,771

Hit by radiography lead screen

310,000

Swivel chair fell backwards causing fall to the floor

400,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Property Expenses Scheme are; and what the cause of the complaint was in each case. (115313)

The information requested is in the table.

The 10 largest settled liabilities under the Property Expenses Scheme as at 31 December 2006

Cause of the complaint

Damages paid (£)

Fire possibly caused by a patient smoking

358,377

Fire

468,437

Fire in/adjacent to A and E department

480,000

Fire

480,000

Fire—cause unknown

486,341

Refrigerator malfunction leading to ruined blood products

488,279

Fire in main kitchen

525,046

Fire—suspected arson

632,171

Fire in/adjacent to A and E department

1,000,000

Fire possibly caused by a patient smoking

1,000,000