CSRLD: The Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases
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The Scheme works by taking a claimant's radiation dose records (provided by the appropriate employer) and using this as a basis to assess the probability that the disease diagnosed has been caused by the degree of exposure received. This is known as Causation Probability (CP)

Claimant's dose histories are compiled according to procedures agreed by the employers and the Unions.

The methods used to calculate the probability of causation are allowed to err in favour of the claimant in the interpretation of uncertainties in the basic scientific understanding of the relationship between radiation exposure and the development of cancer.

Once the Executive Secretariat (ES) has received a claim, they will:-

- Contact the employer(s) to seek clarification of an existing or historic employment record and radiation dose record
- Contact the Union to confirm claimants membership, either current or at time of employment/exposure (this is not required if the request is initially submitted via the Union).

For those cases where union membership is not a requirement (ie. MOD employees and HM Service Personnel), the MOD have appointed two solicitors (each of whom are experienced in representing the Unions in Scheme cases) to perform the same function as would the union. The cost of this service is paid by the MOD. Once employment, dose and medical data are confirmed, the Executive Secretary will write to claimants in these cases and ask which solicitor they wish to appoint.

- Obtain required medical diagnosis. The Executive Secretary will either contact the Consultant direct requesting a Certificate of Diagnosis, or will contact the Company Medical Officer of the respective employer to obtain required certification

Note: The certificate of Diagnosis is then classified against the International Statistical Classification of Disease (ICD) by the Independent Assessor from the North West Cancer Intelligence Service (NWCIS)

If someone is claiming on behalf of a deceased relative, this confirmation will still be sought, but it may assist the progress of the claim if the ES is given a copy of the Death Certificate.

Assuming employment, dose history, Union membership and medical details are confirmed, a calculation is made of the probability that the cancer or cataract may have been caused by the radiation exposure. The results of this are then passed to the Trades’ Union, who will explain the outcome to the claimant.

If the case has a causation probability of less than 20%, it is deemed to have failed the criteria for payment and the case will be closed (bearing in mind that, in court for a case to be successful through the legal system, a causation probability of 50% must be proven).

If a case has a causation probability of 20% or more, it is deemed to have passed the criteria for payment, subject to confirmation of the dose assessment and the Union's agreement.

Payment

Cases which pass the payment criteria proceed to a stage known as "quantum". This is where the employers' and the unions' legal representatives negotiate the value of the settlement. To do this, they use the same procedures as would be used for a claim which had been successful in court. The value of "quantum" will vary with each case depending on the actual loss (in terms of earnings and pension) suffered by the claimant and will also include sums for pain and suffering, loss of amenity and number of dependants. Once quantum is agreed, the level of payment awarded to a claimant (or estate if deceased) is determined by the causation probability calculated in their case. Cases with a causation probability between

• 20% and 29.9% receive quarter of the quantum value
• 30% and 39.9% receive half of the quantum value;
• 40% and 49.9% receive three-quarters of the quantum value.

The full quantum value is paid to claimants for cases with a causation probability of 50% or more.
Each year an Annual statement is approved by the Scheme Council which includes a paragraph updating the number of claims and payments made this can be found here
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