7 September 2007 Forty First Meeting

  • The Minutes and Resolutions of the previous meeting were approved.
  • It was reported that there were 166 victims of vCJD as at 6 August 2007, according to the figures on the Department of Health’s website. However Charles Russell were aware of 170 victims. Main Applications had been received in relation to 166 claims. By the end of this meeting, the Trustees had considered 164 of the claims submitted to date. There are two claims being dealt with at present. The Trustees had considered a total of 353 claims for £5,000 Psychiatric Injury, 173 claims for Particular Emotional Hardship and 35 claims for Particular Financial Hardship.
  • The meeting included consideration of two claims by family members of two victims for the single sum of £5,000 for psychiatric injury lasting longer than a calendar month that has been caused or materially aggravated by the fact that the victim has contracted vCJD, four new claims in relation to two victims for Particular Emotional Hardship, one new claim in relation to one victim and two resubmitted claims for Particular Financial Hardship. Five new claims in relation to three victims and two resubmitted claims for Carer’s Loss of Earnings and one new claim for Victim’s Loss of Earnings were also considered.
  • 36.8m had been paid in compensation to date. £9.9m had been paid for costs and expenses, which includes £4.4 million in relation to Charles Russell’s fees (inc VAT) and £3.4 million in relation to Irwin Mitchell’s fees (inc VAT).
  • The Trustees also discussed why the statistics in relation to the number of Victims of vCJD. We on the Department of Health’s website differ from the number of Victims of whom Charles Russell and the Trustees of the vCJD Compensation Scheme are aware. The explanation can be found at point 11 of the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website or by clicking here.
  • The Trustees discussed the principles in relation to claims for Victims’ Loss of Earnings and agreed to prepare draft guidance documents to put on the website.

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