Compensations for cases of difficult proof of damages exceed R$ 400 million



Renova Foundation implemented, in August 2020, the Simplified Indemnity System, based on the decision of the 12th Federal Court. Focused on categories of difficult proof of damage, such as artisans, washerwomen, carters, sanders, subsistence, and informal fishermen – which were, so far, one of the main bottlenecks in the indemnity process – the new system registered, until January 2021, more than 5 thousand terms sent for approval, which can exceed R$ 400 million in payments.

The Simplified Indemnity System was implemented in August 2020 by the Renova Foundation following a decision by the Court in actions filed by Commissions of Affected People from impacted municipalities. The first payment made through the system was in September.

Just in January, more than 1 thousand homologation terms were sent to the Courts. Payment takes place within 10 working days after approving the term of acceptance by the Judiciary.

By the end of December 2020, more than 3.200 people had already received payments by the new Simplified Indemnity System, and the amount disbursed exceeded R$ 290 million.


“The percentages show the adherence to the system increases every day, such as the speed of payments. Between the end of October and the beginning of December, about 2 thousand acceptance terms were signed – an increase of 300% in just one month. In January, we have sent, so far, around 1 thousand acceptance terms for judicial approval, reaching 4.200 in total – practically doubling the number. Based on that, we can predict we will reach 5 thousand acceptance terms sent for approval at the end of January. The paid amount can exceed R$ 400 million”

Andre de Freitas, Director-President of Renova Foundation.


The cases of difficult proof include categories such as washerwomen, artisans, sanders, carter drivers, mineral extractors, subsistence, and informal fishermen, among others. The amounts of indemnities, defined by the Court, with a single and definitive settlement, vary from R$ 23 thousand to R$ 567 thousand, according to the damage category. Click here and see the values for each city.

The adherence to the Simplified Indemnity System has a deadline set in the sentences of each location. The affected people from Minas Gerais municipalities, Naque and Itueta, and from Espírito Santo municipalities, Baixo Guandu, Aracruz, Conceição da Barra and Linhares, have a deadline until January 31st, 2021. Those from São Mateus and Colatina (Itapina headquarters and district), in Espírito Santo, and Revés do Belém (Bom Jesus do Galho), Cachoeira Escura (Belo Oriente), Ipaba do Paraíso (Santana do Paraíso), Baguari (Governador Valadares) and Pedra Corrida (Periquito) municipalities, all in Minas Gerais, can join until April 30th, 2021.

Access

The access to the Simplified Indemnity System must be done through the ‘Portal do Advogado’ online platform, on the Renova Foundation website. Membership is optional. To enter it, people must be represented by a lawyer or public defender, according to a judicial sentence, as only these professionals can access and complete the data in the system. In addition, a confirmation of age over 16 years on the date of the collapse is required, and the registration or request at the Renova Foundation must be carried out until April 30th, 2020.


Renova Foundation provides the booklet ‘10 Points of Attention When Using Portal do Advogado’, aimed at lawyers or public defenders of those affected who adhere to the Simplified Indemnity System.

The informative guides on the most common mistakes when using the online platform. There are several steps for filling the platform which must be followed for the request to be analyzed, including the submitting of the required paperwork.


Renova Foundation has dedicated teams to handle any problems when using the platform. Lawyers can ask their questions by calling 0800 031 2303. Renova Foundation's legal department is in permanent contact with the applicants' lawyers by SMS, e-mail, or WhatsApp.

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Renova Foundation informs that, until December 2020, R$ 11.33 billion had been disbursed in actions of repair and compensation, and paid, in total, R$ 3.07 billion in indemnities and financial assistance for approximately 321 thousand people.


Clarification

Renova Foundation clarifies that it does not charge for any of its services, such as registration, payment of indemnities, courses, and lectures, among others.

When contacting for the scheduling of compensation meetings, Renova Foundation conducts the verification of fundamental and personal data to guarantee the safety of both parties. Exchanges of e-mails and WhatsApp messages are restricted to representatives of the Renova Foundation, and messages are stored in the system, proving the entire indemnity process.

If you want to check the authenticity of the incoming call, contact 0800 031 2303 to confirm if it was carried out by a Renova Foundation representative.

The advancement of the indemnity process has generated a greater activation in the Relationship Channels. Renova Foundation is committed to serving everyone and will return calls.

If doubts persist, the person should seek out Dialogue teams from the territory. Renova Foundation website and the User Portal also bring the most important official information.