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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average damages have been recovered by the 20 law firms with the greatest volume of claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (134782)

The averages damages recovered by the 20 claimants’ representatives with the greatest volume of claims for vibration white finger (VWF), and for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are shown on the following tables:

VWF

Claimants’ representatives

Claims registered

Average damages paid on claims settled by payment (£)

Thompsons Solicitors

21,061

13,595

Browell Smith and Co.

16,466

9,622

Beresfords Solicitors

11,625

9,236

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

11,529

9,846

Raleys Solicitors

11,279

10,161

Hugh James

10,637

9,921

Graysons Solicitors

8,700

12,690

Moss Solicitors

7,374

9,287

Watson Burton LLP

5,934

13,519

Towells Solicitors

5,356

11,090

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

5,301

8,788

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

3,668

11,733

Atteys

3,096

12,736

O. H. Parsons and Partners Solicitors

2,701

9,937

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

2,363

12,446

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

2,256

14,630

Saffmans Solicitors

2,234

10,478

Kingslegal

1,885

7,535

Latham and Co. Solicitors

1,838

12,726

Corries Solicitors

1,677

16,700

COPD

Claimants’ representatives

Claims registered

Average damages paid on claims settled by payment (£)

Beresfords Solicitors

80,860

2,504

Thompsons Solicitors

57,949

9,581

Hugh James

56,764

8,124

Raleys Solicitors

48,803

6,805

Browell Smith and Co.

32,965

7,201

Avalon Solicitors

32,419

2,063

Mark Gilbert Morse

25,738

7,546

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

16,630

3,210

Barber and Co.

14,090

2,697

Watson Burton LLP

14,077

4,349

Graysons Solicitors

12,964

4,637

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

10,201

3,094

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

9,846

5,879

Delta Legal

9,429

2,206

The Legal Warehouse

8,098

3,189

Moss Solicitors

7,939

4,175

Ingrams Solicitors

7,933

3,544

Birchall Blackburn

7,663

2,636

Corries Solicitors

7,459

3,241

German Hamilton Solicitors

6,245

3,093

In each of the tables, figures of Claims Registered may be lower than in the previous answers due to claimants having changed representatives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal health claimants are awaiting a medical examination in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the UK. (135425)

The number of coal health claimants that are currently awaiting a medical examination for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bassetlaw is 408 and in the UK is 65,221. For vibration white finger the figures for Bassetlaw is 35 and the UK is 1,639.