Data on ‘healthy life expectancy’ warrants a review of how we quantify high value injury claims

On 15 January 2021, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published the outcome of its inquiry into the issue of healthy ageing. The inquiry was first commissioned following recognition that, whilst lifespans in the UK have increased in recent times, the period for which people remain healthy has not kept pace. The result is an increased duration of ill health in later life, which then places an increased burden on public health services, not to mention the effect on individuals’ wellbeing.

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Ogden 8 – A reduction in multipliers and other important points to note

The eighth edition of the Ogden Tables was published on Friday 17 July 2020. This latest edition provides a new set of tables, and explanatory notes, to guide and inform the approach to the valuation of lump sum awards for future losses. Unlike in previous additions, there is now a short section of the explanatory notes addressing text dealing with periodical payments.

The main headline change for those dealing with high value claims is a reduction in the level of multipliers as a result of a slowdown in life expectancy improvement compared with the assumptions that were adopted when the seventh edition was produced. A change to those figures was anticipated in BLM’s previous blog in November 2019, a copy of which can be accessed here. 

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E-scooter road trials authorised

As widely anticipated, the government has set out the changes which will allow for e-scooter trials. They are to be classified as motor vehicles and certain regulations will be relaxed for the trials, but not the need for compulsory motor insurance. The permission for road use will be for authorised hire schemes only and it appears that the insurance arrangements will, in effect, be at fleet level rather than by way of individual policies. Privately bought and owned e-scooters will remain illegal for road use for the time being.

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