20 claims were made after a crash involving a van and a minibus
Defendant law firm, Keoghs, and Mulsanne Insurance Company Ltd have exposed a cluster of claims last month, including one case with 20 claims notification forms.
One of Mulsanne’s insured vans was driven into the back of a minibus, believed to have 13 people, including one Mr Appeah, inside.
All 13 made claims, stating they had suffered personal injuries because of the collision. 20 claims forms were submitted through various solicitors, and if they were successful, would have cost Mulsanne over £100,000.
But after Keoghs stepped in, cracks began to appear:
Social networking searches established inks between occupants of both vehicles, with intelligence uncovering that the parties were, in fact next door neighbours.
Also, the forms submitted presented wildly different and contradicting accounts of the incident. Three different people were named as the driver of the bus, and the number of occupants ranged from 0 to 14.
When proceedings were issued by Mr Appeah, a defence was filed pleading that the claim presented was fundamentally dishonest.
This defence was then sent to each of the pre-proceedings claimants, inviting them to issue court proceedings and for their claims to be consolidated with Mr Appeah. Every other claimant declined the invitation, leaving Mr Appeah to face trial alone.
Then, his solicitors decided to remove themselves from the court record as acting for him.
Deputy District Judge Dickinson made an order that the claimant pay Mulsanne’s costs of the action on the indemnity basis, assessed in the sum of £12,754.80.
Toby Evans, partner at Keoghs was delighted with the outcome, saying:
“The evidence gathered by Mulsanne and Keoghs clearly pointed to the claim presented being fundamentally dishonest, and I am pleased that the court had no difficulty in making that finding. This is yet another example of a claimant being left with a significant costs bill as a result of pursuing a fraudulent claim.”