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.
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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.
In a recent article Martin Stockdale worked with colleagues across Kennedys in reviewing the recent report of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) Working Group on low value personal injury claims. Part of their debate and discussion focussed on reforms that address the fraudulent, or unmeritorious, claims. In this post he reprises their review of the main issues.
Kennedys recently secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty under Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 in an injury claim brought by a customer visiting a well-known fashion retailer. The claim was struck out and the claimant was ordered to pay the defendant’s costs, to be enforceable against him.
Credit hire fraud, in its purest form, is an entirely fabricated claim. It is no more than a paper-based exercise designed to induce a quick pay-out from an unsuspecting compensator.
The factual accuracy of a medical report is vital. It is the basis upon which a compensator will formulate an offer and make a compensation payment. If the information contained in the medical report is wrong then a claimant may be compensated where there is no basis, or over compensated.