National law firm, DWF LLP, has successfully prosecuted contempt proceedings on behalf of its insurer client, RSA, in what is one of the highest value personal injury claims to result in such a prosecution.
The proceedings arose out of false claims made by Danny Wykes as he attempted to claim nearly £2m compensation after he had been injured at work in November 2009. Wykes falsely claimed that he would never work again and that he would need to be cared for by others for the rest of his life.
His claim that the accident had rendered his right arm useless was disproved after insurers obtained surveillance evidence which showed Wykes lifting a table and pushing a wheelbarrow. Wykes discontinued his claim after the footage was disclosed.
Wykes pleaded guilty at the High Court on 10 February after facing 25 separate counts of contempt and was immediately sentenced to prison for six months.
Tonya Baxter, Director in Cat PI and Large Loss at DWF, said:
“Insurers are facing these claims day in, day out and have a range of sophisticated detection measures at their disposal.”
“Mr Wykes was attempting to fraudulently benefit from his claim and was caught out. He lost his liberty as a result. Once again, the courts have issued a clear message that those committing insurance fraud will be punished.”
John Beadle, the Head of Counter Fraud at RSA said, “We are grateful to DWF for the professional way they carried out our instructions and pursued this matter. We hope this sends a clear deterrent signal that RSA will take a tough stance against those that seek to commit fraud against us so we can protect the interests of our customers”.