On a leapfrog appeal from the QBD, the Supreme Court finally overturned Cookson v Knowles[1979] AC 556 and the precedent set by that case that multipliers in fatal accident claims should be calculated from the date of death.  In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court said that the correct date as at which to assess the multiplier when fixing damages for future loss in claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 should be the date of trial and not the date of death.  This decision is likely to favour claimants and the difference it made in Knauer was an increase of £52,808 which was about a further 8.2% of the claim as assessed by the QBD at £642,972.