She had claimed in excess of £40,000 for various injuries, but was undone when the Weightmans intelligence team uncovered images of her mountain hiking on social media
A woman who claimed to be seriously injured in a car accident has been ordered to pay almost £10,000 in costs after being found to be fundamentally dishonest.
Nusrat Sadiq had submitted an insurance claim for various injuries, losses and expenses in excess of £40,000, following an accident in September 2014.
However, after complaints made at numerous GP appointments differed from the ones described at the hospital and during the medical expert examination, law firm Weightmans, representing insurers Ageas, commenced an investigation.
The claim then unravelled as the Weightmans intelligence team uncovered photographs on social media of her mountain hiking and taking part in zip-wire activities.
The Judge at Birmingham County Court found Sadiq had been fundamentally dishonest, stating that her evidence had been “absurdly dishonest in places”.
The claim was subsequently dismissed and Ms Sadiq was ordered to pay £9,500 in respect of Ageas’ legal costs.
Associate Tracy Kielty, who led the Weightmans investigation for Ageas said: “This was a prime example of how a straightforward claim, which we hadn’t originally disputed, can have serious consequences for a claimant who exaggerates or fabricates their injuries.
“We have a fantastic intelligence team working with great technology to ensure all claims are settled fairly, and evidence is gathered in a compliant and safe way.
“We are pleased to have secured this outcome for our client and the wider industry, and hopefully this sends a message of how seriously this kind of dishonesty is taken by the courts.”
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