UK accident compensation claims – 10% uplift to general damages

Today saw confirmation from the Court of Appeal that with respect to all court judgements, which are made after April 1 next year, there will be an automatic uplift in compensation paid by way of general damages by 10%.

It is proposed that this increase should apply to all general damages granted in respect of nuisance, and other torts causing inconvenience, distress or suffering to anyone – but most importantly of all, the uplift also applies to general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity in accident conversation claims. The increase formed a key part of the recommendations of Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for civil litigation reform.