DISHONEST CLAIMANT LEFT WITH DEBT TO HOSPITAL IN CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE

DISHONEST CLAIMANT LEFT WITH DEBT TO HOSPITAL IN CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE

A dishonest Claimant, who exaggerated the extent of his injuries, was left with a debt to the Defendant hospital, at the conclusion of proceedings, see here

Liability was admitted.  The Claimant had intimated a claim for over £800,000.  Investigations carried out on behalf of the Defendant showed that he had exaggerated and lied about his injuries.   This included the false claim that he was unable to work.

The Claimant accepted a part 36 offer for £30,000 which enabled him to recover his costs up until January 2012 but had to pay the Defendant’s costs after that point.  This left him with a debt of £5,000.

The Defendant made a committal application, which resulted in 14 allegations of contempt of Court being upheld.  The penalty has not yet been reported.

Surprisingly this is said to be the fist time an NHS Body has made a committal application.  Rigorous investigations and committal applications may now become more common.