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Fraudster claimed a 3D movie gave her whiplash

June 17 2013

A woman tried to claim £1,000 for whiplash injuries after a 3D movie made her jump.

The allegation was among the top 10 failed claims released by the insurance company LV.

The film-goer insisted she was unable to travel on holiday because she was injured ‘after jumping back in surprise at seeing a tiger jump out of the water while at the cinema watching Life of Pi in 3D.The woman claimed £1,000 for the cost of a cancelled holiday.

Others included a professional boxer claiming £10,000 after a crash saying his doctor had warned he would be out of action for several months and would have to give up the gym.

But a quick internet search revealed records of him winning about six weeks after the alleged collision

Another featured a woman who made a £2,500 claim over injuries suffered by herself and her daughter.

It was rejected after it was spotted that she told a friend on Facebook she was relieved her child had not been in the car at the time.

John O’Roarke, managing director of LV car insurance said: “Fraud has been seen as a ‘victimless’ crime for far too long but the reality is that it drives up premiums for honest motorists. Claims for whiplash cost British insurers £2billion a year and add around £90 to every premium.”

However information obtained recently by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) showed the number of whiplash claims in the UK is currently at a five-year low with nearly 60,000 fewer claims last year.

Evidence gathered by APIL has now been submitted to a House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into whiplash claims.

Matthew Stockwell, APIL president, said: “This debate has been mired in myth and hyperbole for far too long.
“Whiplash injuries are real, they are painful, and independent research has found that around one in five sufferers have symptoms lasting more than a year.

“That’s the reality. The fact that the Transport Committee is now taking a hard look at some of the myths is extremely welcome.”