Have you remembered the PI Small Claims Limit increase?

With all the recent coverage of the Whiplash Reforms, Official Injury Claim portal launch and clinical negligence fixed fee consultation, it’s been a full-time job keeping up to date with the ever-changing personal injury costs landscape.

But have you also remembered the Small Claims limit rise from 6 April 2022?

Back in April 2021 the government announced that it was intending to increase the Small Claims limit for non-RTA PI cases. The increase was introduced as part of the Civil Liability Act 2018 which also brought in the new £5,000 limit for RTA (Road Traffic Accident) claims.

The Small Claims limit for employer’s liability (EL) and public liability (PL) injury claims will increase from 6 April to £1,500. This means that claimants will not be able to recover legal costs where general damages for their personal injury are valued below £1,500.

While many claimant solicitors are opposed to any increase to the EL/PL PI limit, others appreciate that the rise could be considered fair in line with inflation (and actually could have been set much higher).

But with the ongoing clinical negligence fixed costs consultation, it’s likely that we haven’t seen the last of different Small Claim limits depending on the type of accident and injury.

 

If you are considering EL/PL training for your team, please take a look at our highly interactive and affordable Employers & Public Liability e-learning course.

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