James Cowan's father began work aged 14. He died after spending almost half a century underground. In return, his family have been offered only £7.13 in compensation
...the law firm that handled their claim has earned £41 million.
In total 293,000 claimants have received money under the scheme, which was set up after the courts ordered British Coal to pay compensation to miners with respiratory disease caused by the inhalation of coal dust.
New parliamentary figures show that more than half of them — 166,000 — have received below £2,000, less than the scheme allows in legal fees for each claim that is handled.
More than 58,000 miners were paid less than £1,000, of whom almost 4,000 banked a cheque for less than £100.
Dealing with the claims of the 3,949 miners who each received less than £100 cost the taxpayer £15.3 million, of which less than £400,000 went to the claimants. Thirteen law firms have been paid more than £10 million each for their work.
BEVIS O miserable age! virtue is not regarded in handicrafts-men.
HOLLAND The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons.
BEVIS Nay, more, the king's council are no good workmen.
BEVIS Then is sin struck down like an ox, and iniquity's throat cut like a calf.
DICK The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.