The 14th edition of the JC guidelines for the assessment of personal injury awards was published on 15 September 2017. The overall increase in the guidelines is by 4.8% which reflects the increase in the retail price index since the last edition was published in September 2015.

The 14th edition removes gender differentiation for awards for scarring injuries and in respect of duration of symptoms, it is recognised that recovery may not occur at an even pace and could be marked in the early days of recuperation. In a further change on minor injuries to the neck, shoulder and lower back, where a full recovery is made within three months, the bracket from a “few hundred pounds to £1,860” has been replaced by a bracket of “up to £1,950”.

A recent BLM blog in respect of the latest edition of the JC guidelines can be accessed here.