Contrived collision defeated with assistance from engineering expert

Miss Ladan Abdi Jama V Zenith Insurance Plc, County Court at Guildford, 30/11/2015 & 01/12/2015, Before: District Judge Bell

A Claimant who brought a suspected fraudulent road traffic accident claim, claiming for personal injury, hire charges in the sum of £56,000 and storage and recovery charges in the sum of over £16,000 failed after the Defendant presented forensic engineering evidence that the accident could not have occurred as the Claimant had suggested. The Defendant contended that the accident had been deliberately induced and that the Claimant was not driving, as she had suggested.

Acting for the insurers in defence of the proceedings, DWF Senior Paralegal, Lauren Gallagher looks at the outcome of the trial that saw District Judge Bell dismiss the claim and order the Claimant to pay the Defendant’s costs.

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Colin Bushell


I co-manage DWF's Manchester Fraud Team as well as acting as a team leader role for an in-house fraud team within RSA.