Roberts v SAAFA & Allgemeines Krakenhaus Viersen: an ongoing cross border claim from 20 years ago

Harry Roberts’s case arose out of brain damage sustained during his birth in Germany in June 2000. Infant brain injury cases can be among the most expensive claims if, as is usual, there is a high annual care need and a lengthy life expectancy. This case has added complications because of the cross-border setting and because of a dispute on limitation despite the claimant’s minority.

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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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Business interruption test case moves closer to trial on 20 July

The second case management conference in the FCA business interruption insurance test case took place today. The court allowed groups of policyholders – the Hiscox Action Group and Hospitality Insurance Action Group – to intervene in the hearing and made other detailed orders about the management of the case during the three weeks before the trial begins on 20 July.

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