#CrashForCash case dismissed
- By James Ferguson
A Dublin Circuit Court judge has been scathing about the role of claimant solicitors in cases which eventually turn out to be ‘set-up accidents’.
By way of background, it was in a case which arose out of an incident which occurred near Sutton Road, Howth, in May 2015. Five claimants, all apparently member of the Irish-Traveller community with addresses in London, claimed to have suffered whiplash type injuries and sought damages totalling €300k.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane, in dismissing the cases as ‘fraudulent’, said that it was clear to her that the claimants had travelled from London to Dublin to stage an ‘accident’.
Investigations by the defending insurers showed the incident and the claimants were part of a ‘sustained pattern of organised insurance fraud’.
The judge directed that the files relating to the claims be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions and commented:
Maybe fuller inquiries should be made by solicitors before they take on these cases but I will leave it to [the defence insurers] whether they wish to instruct their legal representatives to bring it to the attention of the Law Society
The claimants’ solicitor had seemingly terminated their retainer some months previously.
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