Welcome to Fundamentally Honest, the blog on all things fraud from Kennedys’ experts.
Whatever your involvement and interest in insurance and claims fraud, we are here to keep you up to speed on developments in legislation, procedure, case law, innovation and technology, best practice, claims investigation, the latest thinking and more.
We will share our experience and insight with both UK and global perspectives and bring you guest writers from across the industry.
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In my earlier blog on deterring fraudulent claims, I looked at the deterrent measures put in place by the insurance industry to combat fraud. This blog focuses on the enforcement options available to defendants to not only recover their outlay, but also how enforcement action can make the pursuit of fraudulent claims much less attractive for a would-be fraudster.
QOCS will be in force in Scotland from 30 June 2021 and it will change the way that personal injury cases are litigated in Scotland. Time will tell the true extent of this change and the impact on fraud in Scotland. Will the new rules leave the door open to questionable cases or will the exceptions shine the light the pursuer’s conduct and potentially act as a deterrent?
“Crash for Cash” is a common insurance fraud scam in which individuals will fabricate, stage, or, on the more extreme end of the scale, cause, road traffic collisions with a view to bringing claims for compensation.
Much of the conversation around reducing the number and cost of fraudulent claims centres around detecting and then defeating them. But what if we could prevent them from being brought in the first place? In this series of three blog posts, Daniel Sander looks at how we can seek to deter fraudulent claims from the outset.
Michael Bickerstaffe takes a look at the situation where a claimant, pursuing an injury claim, has been found fundamentally dishonest and tries to prevent dismissal of the claim.
On Friday 26 February 2021 the rules providing the framework for how whiplash claims will be managed from 31 May 2021 were released. My colleague, Ian Davies, considered that these changes were “seismic” before predicting a frantic three months as insurers and compensators set about preparing themselves for a new system and new processes.
Louise Houliston and Daniel Kinloch assess the impact of the changes to the court system in Scotland and if the huge leaps forward may bring an additional consideration in selecting the right fraudulent claims to defend to trial.
In 1997 Harold Skipper wrote about the ways in which insurance contributes to society and economic growth by aiding economic development and stability. However, when claims have to be defended or declined, these can be difficult stories to tell to those outside the industry and without the context of being informed on the issues.
Last year brought many new challenges and obstacles. There was however, one constant; the Fundamentally Dishonest claimant. Here are some of our favourite “GOTCHA” moments from 2020.