Fraud must be stamped out

A father of three who tried to claim £15,000 for a personal injury has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for fabricating his road traffic accident claim.

The High Court heard Bernard Parmar made or caused to be made six separate false statements of truth following the collision between a Jaguar and a Vauxhall Corsa in the West Midlands in September 2012.

Parmar claimed damages for a whiplash injury but his claim was contested by insurer AIG Europe on the basis that it was fraudulent.

The case went to trial at Walsall County Court in July 2015 where Parmar and two supporting witnesses were cross-examined. By the second day Parmar had stopped attending the trial and his counsel and solicitors withdrew for want of instructions.

In his subsequent judgment, His Honour Judge Gregory said the claimant was a ‘patently and persistently dishonest’ witness who repeatedly avoided questions, obfuscated, paused to give himself time to think and when all else failed simply said he could not remember.

‘I unhesitatingly have come to the view that this is indeed a fraudulent claim,’ said Gregory. ‘The manner in which it has been pursued must mean that there has been a conspiracy to pervert the court of justice.’

At Hilary Meredith Solicitors, all our claimant fee earners are trained to spot fraud. This should be a compulsory requirement set by the SRA for all personal injury lawyers – claimant and defendant. Fraud must be stamped out.

 

Hilary Meredith Solicitors