Fraudulent personal injury claims – insurers bite back

An employee of the car manufacturer, Mini, who tried to sue his employer for £1million in damages has had his case struck out after he was caught faking his injury.

The employee claimed that he suffered an electric shock which caused him to lose the use of his right arm whilst working on an assembly line. However, insurers acting on behalf of the employer secretly filmed him driving and working at a local car repair workshop where he was seen using his right arm without problems.

He has subsequently faced with a bill for £100,000 to cover the court costs of his fraudulent claim and is facing additional criminal charges.  Increasingly insurers are using private investigators to flush out fraudulent personal injury claims as there is an ever growing culture of  “settlement” in such cases. This is a lesson to anyone thinking of “faking” a claim!

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