Whiplash claims have a very chequered history, with a significant proportion thought to be fraudulent. Most, however, are made as a result of an accident.
A recent criminal case dealt with a whiplash claim made by a person who maintained that he was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident. A payment of £33,000 was made, but a subsequent investigation showed that the crash had never happened.
The result for the claimant was a conviction for fraud and a prison sentence of 15 months – a term that was upheld by the Court of Appeal.