'Fundamentally dishonest' claimant left with a sour taste

Posted: 21 March 2019
A woman’s personal injury claim has been dismissed on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty, after the judge did not believe her evidence.
The claimant alleged she had suffered with injuries to her throat, after swallowing metal found in spring rolls purchased from Allianz’s insured - a takeaway store.

Allianz’s fraud manager, Nick Kelsall said:

"Following a successful investigation by Allianz and DAC Beachcroft, the claimant has been found to be fundamentally dishonest and ordered to repay costs."

"This outcome demonstrates Allianz's determination to fight spurious claims from unscrupulous individuals, and to use the power of the courts if that is what it takes."
Georgia Court, Counter Fraud Partner, DAC Beachcroft

The owner of Allianz’s insured, a successful Indian restaurant and takeaway store in Leicester, had received a call from the claimant and immediately asked her to bring in the spring rolls.

Nick added: 

"The offending spring rolls were not produced to our insured and a photo submitted as evidence clearly shows a deconstructed spring roll placed next to metal shards. The claimant also chose not to come in to make a formal complaint and the information she gave was inconsistent, confusing and contradictory."

The claimant’s medical records suggested that she did not visit her GP to discuss the incident until three months had passed. She had in fact seen her GP a month following the incident, but made no mention of the incident at this time.

After records showed the restaurant had batch cooked and sold over hundreds of spring rolls and had received no other complaints, it was extremely unlikely that the metal shards would appear in just two out of hundreds.

At a hearing the judge said that he did not believe the evidence as it was not accurate and he did not accept the medical chronology of her claim.

Nick commented:

"This case is a blatant example of the extreme lengths people will go to for their own financial gain. Fortunately for our genuine policyholders, we are committed to protecting them from spurious claims.

"The outcome of the case demonstrates the consequences of pursuing fraudulent claims. The claimant will now have to repay the costs and will live with a record against her name as a result of an exaggerated claim."

Georgia Court, counter fraud partner at DAC Beachcroft, said:

"Claimants who are found to have lied in their evidence should expect to bear the consequences. This outcome demonstrates Allianz's determination to fight spurious claims from unscrupulous individuals, and to use the power of the courts if that is what it takes."

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