The Claims Portal has released its latest management information (MI) for July 2017.
In July, 746 disease claims entered the Portal. Of these 746 claims, 348 left it at Stage 1. The majority of these, 283 were because of the time to reply expired. 65 cases were denied or admitted with an allegation of contributory negligence. The following graph shows a 12 month rolling summary of the number of CNFs that left the Portal at Stage 1 in 2016-2017. A 12 month summary takes into consideration the total sum of CNFs for each month, adding them together and then subtracting the last month before adding the next month’s amount to get the overall number for the previous 12 months. This is why the numbers in the graph below do not constantly increase.
Ministry of Justice Portal: EL/Disease Statistics August 2017 – Rolling 12 Month Summary of CNFs Leaving Portal at Stage 1.
The figures include CNFs that have not had a response at the end of Stage 1 – CNFs where liability has not been accepted and CNFs where liability has been accepted with contributory negligence. The figures do not include CNFs that were taken out of the process using the Exit function during Stage 1.
8 claims left the Portal at Stage 2 for reasons other than settlement. 380 were exited from the Portal: amongst these, 13 were duplicate claims and 33 were because of an incomplete claim notification form. 229 claims left the Portal because the claim required further investigation.
Consistent with the trend seen throughout the past two years, there was a low of 38 claims that settled through the Portal last month. Meanwhile 1 additional case saw court packs completed so the court was able to adjudicate on quantum. Of those claims that have settled through the Portal, the average amount of damages in July 2017 was £4,191, £438 more than the amount recorded in July 2016 (£3,753). In June of this year, the average general damages payment was £3,519, up from £3,208 in May 2017, when we last reviewed portal figures (here). The table below shows the trend in the amount of damages secured from 2013-2017;
Ministry of Justice Portal: EL/Disease Statistics July 2017 – Average General Damages on Settled Claims