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Is this a compensation scam?

Old 4th May 2022, 18:28
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Is this a compensation scam?

I know JB is not the place to seek legal advice, however, I wondered if any JB'ers have experience of this.

A family member was involved in a slow moving motorway pile up a year ago, no major injuries. Insurance claims proceeded and were settled. A few weeks back she received a letter from a claims company advising that one of the other drivers had suffered whiplash and wanted compensation for this injury. She ignored it as a scam. She has now received another letter from the same company advising that they are taking her to court for 15,000 compensation for their client.

It still sounds like a scam of some sort or does anyone have experience that suggests this can actually happen and what steps should she take?

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Old 4th May 2022, 18:45
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Originally Posted by Grayfly View Post
I know JB is not the place to seek legal advice, however, I wondered if any JB'ers have experience of this.

A family member was involved in a slow moving motorway pile up a year ago, no major injuries. Insurance claims proceeded and were settled. A few weeks back she received a letter from a claims company advising that one of the other drivers had suffered whiplash and wanted compensation for this injury. She ignored it as a scam. She has now received another letter from the same company advising that they are taking her to court for 15,000 compensation for their client.

It still sounds like a scam of some sort or does anyone have experience that suggests this can actually happen and what steps should she take?
Forward to her insurer, it's their problem to deal with - that's what she pays for.
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Old 4th May 2022, 20:12
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it's a try on. Most likely they will come back and try to settle for a smaller amount. Need to be advised to combine sex and travel.
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Old 4th May 2022, 21:13
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It’s not a scam, but as EM says, it’s a try on.

You finds ads for companies that offer a no win, no fee service regularly. “Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault?”

Yes, it is the insurer’s problem and is most likely cheaper for them to settle than fight it.

Not worth worrying about.
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Old 4th May 2022, 21:15
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Forward it to the insurer.
Does sound like a scam. If it was a legitimate claim it would have gone to the insurer to start with. Why wouldn't it?
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Old 4th May 2022, 22:06
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Does seem that the 'your recent accident' scam has gone out of fashion; a year or three back I could expect about one phone call a month. Enjoyed those. "Er, which one?" "Whaddya mean?" "Which one, do you mean the one with the alligator?" (in Derbyshire, you understand) "Yes, that one."
"Been settled. Goodbye"

Oh, just realised, I now have one of those clever call-screening phones. Probably why they've stopped.
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Old 4th May 2022, 22:31
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I agree forward to their Insurance company because If it was a multiple pile up and they settle, that would be admitting guilt and could open up the flood gates from others involved.. I seem to remember when my insurance was involved and I got compensation for whiplash (rear ended) and I accepted the settlement at the time, it stated as the claims had been settled between insurers no further claims for injuries down the road ( excuse the pun) would be accepted.

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Old 4th May 2022, 23:51
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I seem to remember when my insurance was involved and I got compensation for whiplash ( rear ended) and accepted the settlement at the time, it stated as the claims had been settled between insurers no further claims for injuries down the road ( excuse the pun) would not be accepted.
A friend of mine and his partner were rear ended. Neither suffered injury but the other side's insurer almost twisted their arms to get them to accept payment for potential whiplash in return for waiving any right to making a future claim.

The world has gone mad.
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Old 5th May 2022, 08:31
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Update. She has contacted her insurance company who told her to pass the paperwork to them and forget it.

I'm curious to how the claims company gets hold of peoples addresses, the only people who were given details of the accident were the police, who were at the scene and the insurance company afterwards. None of the drivers involved exchanged addresses only insurance company details.
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Old 5th May 2022, 09:30
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It will be one of the people from the accident trying it on via a no win no fee company.

I experienced this years ago when someone caused an accident causing damage to my car. Police and emergency services were involved.
Police determined they had caused the accident and they were prosecuted.
Their insurance company accepted liability.

A year later I had a solicitors letter advising of intent to take me to court as my insurance company would not settle their claim.

When I spoke with my insurance company they told me to ignore it, it turned out this was their fourth attempt at using a no win no fee firm.

On a side note I've been told that these days there are now caps/limits on what no win-no fee firms can charge or obtain for themselves so far fewer firms will do this work.
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Old 5th May 2022, 14:08
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Originally Posted by Grayfly View Post
Update. She has contacted her insurance company who told her to pass the paperwork to them and forget it.

I'm curious to how the claims company gets hold of peoples addresses, the only people who were given details of the accident were the police, who were at the scene and the insurance company afterwards. None of the drivers involved exchanged addresses only insurance company details.
If your friend hasn't opted out of the Open Register when registering to vote her details are available to any entity/person who pays for a copy. This was the old fashioned way of obtaining addresses for junk mail.

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