The 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines has just been released and provide yet further evidence of the increasing cost of claims. Some brief points to highlight from the latest edition are:
By way of example, in catastrophic injury cases, the top brackets for tetraplegia and very severe brain damage are now in excess of £400,000. The tetraplegia bracket goes from £304,630-£379,100 to £324,600-£403,990 and very severe brain damage from £264,650-£379,100 to £282,010-£403,990.
It is clear therefore that awards for general damages are not exempt from the claims inflation that we are seeing in other heads of loss.
Head of Complex and CAT PI
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