Are fraudulent stress free injury claims in the UK on the increase?
It seems that everywhere we turn these days, whether it is the newspaper, television documentaries or articles on the web, it would seem that there is an increase in fraudulent stress free injury claims in the UK.
Back in May 2013, newspaper reports appeared of a stag party who had intentionally damaged a minibus but then staged a road traffic accident, all in a vain attempt to make injury claims in the near future – hoping to net themselves £134,000.
But suspicions were raised by paramedics who attended the scene. In their court testimonies, the paramedics said that on initial assessment, all members of the 13-strong minibus appeared “fit and well, laughing, joking and having cigarettes.” What happened next, the paramedics said, was akin to the domino effect. Once one complained of a painful neck, the others soon followed suit.
Once away from the scene of the crash and a few weeks later, the gang attempted to make compensation claims against the other bus company involved in the crash. In the end, it was the injury claims in the preceding weeks of the accident that highlighted their scam.
The problems for many making injury claims in the future are that they feel they are not entitled to make a compensation claim. Whiplash seems to be the injury that raises everyone’s suspicions. Those who have not genuinely suffered the pain and suffering of whiplash will not know how painful and life-limiting it can be.
Whiplash is caused by the head and neck snapping forward and backwards in a violent motion. It can strain the spine, bruising the surrounding soft tissues and causing problems with muscles, ligaments and tendons.
It can be a short term problem, but for some people hurt in this way who choose to make injury claims in the future, it can have long term effects on their lives. If the injury lingers it can interfere with the free movement of the neck, leaving some people with an unpleasant ‘pins and needles’ feeling in their neck, shoulders and down the arms.
If you have had a genuine accident in the last three years that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. In order to make injury claims in the future, you will need to have consulted with a medical professional and had your whiplash injury confirmed.
Why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call and take our 30-second test to see if you are entitled to make a compensation claim? Call from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown