Fraud blog: Fundamentally Honest
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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No further reform in motor claims
In a surprise to the personal injury sector, the UK Government has ditched plans for further reform of the whiplash claims process. Here, we look at the Ministry of Justice's response to issues within Part Two of the ‘Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury Claims Process’ consultation and what this means for fraudulent claims.
Palmer v Mantas and Liverpool Victoria Insurance – A reminder of the hurdles to be jumped by a defendant seeking to prove a claimant is fundamentally dishonest
The claimant received an award for damages in excess of £1.6 million for a minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and a somatic symptom disorder suffered after a high speed accident. Here, we look at this case from the perspective of allegations of fundamental dishonesty.
Changes to the Highway Code – opportunity knocks for fraudsters?
Changes to the Highway Code came into force on 29 January 2022. As road users and their insurance companies pore over the changes to ensure that they are not exposing themselves or others to unnecessary risks, you can bet that those engaged in the business of fraudulent claims are looking at the rules to see how they can be best exploited.
Reforms registering on the Richter Scale demand fraud strategy re-think
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.
A day in the life of an investigation analyst
Investigations analyst Caroline Caine talks us through one of her (un)typical days at Kennedys.
Fraudsters say the funniest things
Some insurance fraud is organised and sophisticated. Other claims; not so much. Here are some of our favourite attempts by fraudsters to explain away their failure to get their story straight.
Relevant medical history: the foundation of a dishonest claim
Shoshana Mather explores the lengths claimants are willing to go to for whatever financial gain they can make.
Red Flags, red flags everywhere!
Last Friday I was involved in an RTA on the M62. It was a terrifying experience, but thankfully my son and I, walked away from the accident without serious injury. The same cannot be said for my car.
Operation Acronym: a quick guide to (some) 'fraud speak'
When we investigate coordinated fraud activity (aka fraud rings) we look for commonalities, relationships and trends that bind claims together. I often think back across the many fraud ring investigations I have been involved in, and the names they are given.
Is deafness the new whiplash (again)?
Tinnitus, that ringing in the ears commonly associated to noisy environments and heavy industry. But how is tinnitus becoming associated to road traffic accidents?