Increase in fraudulent motor accident injury claims
Accident Advice Helpline is totally against helping people who wish to make a fraudulent motor accident injury claim. We only assist people who have genuine and authentic claims for compensation and discourage dishonesty or exaggerating the truth.
In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of people making fraudulent motor accident injury claims. Some insurers have suggested that over half of all solicitors have noticed an increase in prospective clients making up false injuries so that they can claim compensation in the past ten years. It is thought one in six claims are fraudulent.
Top 3 injuries that are faked or exaggerated
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Strained muscles
These injuries are most commonly lied about because they are difficult to diagnose by doctors. Fractures for example show up on an X-ray, however injuries such as whiplash are not as straightforward to accurately diagnose.
Why will people make a fraudulent motor accident injury claim?
People will make a fraudulent motor accident injury claim because they see it as an easy way to make some money. Even though it is against the law, many fraudsters think they are not committing a serious crime.
The recession saw an increase in people having financial difficulties – this may have encouraged people to make false claims.
An increase in the awareness of the availability of compensation is also seen as a contributory factor, as is the need to hold someone else responsible if they had been in an accident.
Repercussions of fraudulent motor accident injury claims
Fraud is not a victimless crime. Unfortunately fraudulent motor accident claims impact everyone. It is suggested that false personal injury claims increase every driver’s motor insurance cover by around £40 every year.
False injury claims also put additional pressure and strain on the NHS. They are wasting the precious time of GPs and other healthcare professionals. Legal professionals and courts are also having their time, resources and money wasted.
Making a compensation claim
If you have a genuine claim, then we are here to help you, just as we have assisted many thousands of previous claimants to win the compensation they were entitled to. With over 15 years of experience in making successful claims, we have the knowledge and expertise you want on your side of a claim.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on from a mobile 0333 500 0993. Or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we will call you.
Date Published: 21st January 2013