Government proposals to reform low value personal injury claims
In November 2016, the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation with proposals to remove or restrict the right to general damages for minor soft tissue claims, and to transfer personal injury claims with a value of £5,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (‘general’ damages) to the small claims court.
The Government has responded to the consultation, and confirmed that the small claims court limit will increase to £5,000 for road traffic accident claims, and to £2,000 for all other personal injury claims.
Proposals to introduce a tariff of compensation for general damages for minor soft tissue claims have also been included in the Prisons and Courts Bill. APIL's briefing on that Bill can be read here.