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Case review 2020-08-26
The County Court at Brighton recently hosted the final chapter in the saga of Tess Garraway v Holland & Barrett Ltd, a public liability personal injury claim arising out of an accident in December 2013, with the judgment providing a useful reminder of the test to be applied when assessing fundamental dishonesty.
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The classic scenario in a low speed impact is that one vehicle hits another at a low speed and there is barely any damage to either vehicle. The seemingly minor impact prompts claims for compensation for whiplash injuries, often with lengthy prognoses of 12-18 months of suffering.
In order to keep the wheels of justice moving, the courts have been hearing cases remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, could a remote hearing ever be a suitable platform for fundamental dishonesty allegations?
The global pandemic took us by surprise and we’ve had to adjust quickly to new ways of working and living. However, whilst the rest of us were adapting to the “new norm” others were using the opportunity to continue to advance dishonest claims.
Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against the Office for National Statistics having confirmed that the UK economy shrank by 20.4% in April, the largest monthly contraction on record.
In recent months, COVID-19 has led to a fundamental shift in the way we work. Millions of office workers are working from home or adopting flexible working arrangements on a daily basis. Meet-and-greet opportunities are completed over emails. Team meetings are conducted over video calls. This will be the “new normal” for a number of office workers in the foreseeable future.
On 23 March MedCo temporarily lifted the ban on the use of remote examinations on claimants for the purpose of obtaining MedCo reports.
Whilst there are very many genuine whiplash injury claims, it is also an area which is subject to repeated exploitation by fraudsters.
In mid-March, as the UK was reacting to the pandemic and implementing social distancing measures and advising you to work from home, claims farmers had their minds on one thing - coronavirus claims.