Woman’s evidence found to be "absurdly dishonest" in personal injury claim

Weightmans’ intelligence team secured photographs of her behaving in a way that was inconsistent with her alleged injuries.

A woman who claimed to be seriously injured in a car accident was ordered to pay almost £10,000 in costs after being found to be fundamentally dishonest, after solicitors uncovered photographs on social media of her mountain hiking and taking part in zip-wire activities.

Following an accident in September 2014, Nusrat Sadiq submitted an insurance claim for various injuries, losses and expenses in excess of £40,000. After the 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.

Weightmans’ intelligence team secured photographs of her behaving in a way that was inconsistent with her alleged injuries.

The Judge found that the claimant 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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