Injury Law Firm uses Section 57 to Defeat Exaggerated Injury Claim

Clyde & Co, a global injury law firm gained a tremendous victory over an exaggerated claim for almost £100,000. The injury law firm used Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act to cease victory over claims fraud yet again. Hopefully, this will act as a warning to everyone considering making a false claim.

How did Clyde & Co Discover that the Claimant was Exaggerating his Claim?

In 2013, a builder from Carshalton was involved in a road traffic accident. After the accident, the builder claimed £98,000 in injury compensation due to him stating he was unable to continue working. This immediately triggered the interest of Clyde & Co as well as Aviva. They suspected that the builder, Billy Cooper is receiving injury compensation that he doesn’t deserve. Claims fraud has serious consequences in the eyes of the law; as is evident in our last report Cyclist’s blatant Injury Claims Fraud gets him Jailed.

Without hesitation, the investigation commenced. After monitoring Billy Cooper’s social media for a period of time, they noticed photos of him working as a roofer. His social media also revealed him doing other physical activities such as cycling.  As Billy stated he was unable to move properly on his feet, this was a definite red light.

The Case, The Court and The Outcome

Billy saw the evidence showing him being active and in perfect condition. Right away he discontinued his entire claim. Aviva, his policyholder wasn’t done. They decided to continue pursuing Billy Cooper through the courts for a finding of fundamental dishonesty. The ruling can result in the entire claim being thrown out.

During the final hearing before District Judge Rosaline Henry medical experts were brought into questioning as well. Their testimonies proved that Cooper sustained no severe injuries as a result of his car crash in 2013. The court had seen enough and ordered Cooper to pay more than £13,000 towards Aviva’s costs for defending the claim. The final verdict was made on the foundation of the evidence that Clyde & Co provided.

Claims Media stated that the Partner at Clyde & Co, Damian Rourke said the following: “Dishonest claims like Mr. Cooper’s force up insurance costs for the rest of us and waste the court’s’ time. I’m very happy we could stop him.”

Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act – A Warning to Others.

Thanks to Section 57, if any injury law firm can provide even the slightest bit of evidence proving a claimant’s dishonesty, the court can dismiss the entire claim. Every day it becomes harder and harder to attempt claims fraud or exaggerate them. This is what every injury law firm strives for.

Director of casualty claims at Aviva, Richard Hiscocks believes that ruling will help protect motorists from paying for other’s fraudulent claims. Hiscocks  commented, “This ruling should send a clear warning shot to all would-be fraudsters and opportunists out there.”

Helpful advice to take away from this case? Dishonesty will never end well. This case is a prime example of how fraudulent claims affect the industry as a whole.  Justice will prevail and this ruling helps protect motorists out there from paying for fraudulent claims. It is good to know that here will always be an injury law firm ready to disprove dishonest claims. If you are seeking injury compensation, rather take the right road and hire an experienced solicitor with Legit Claims. We work proudly with the best injury solicitors UK.

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