Five Reasons Not to Make a False Personal Injury Claim

Five Reasons Not to Make a False Personal Injury Claim

by Caleb James on 18 Jan, 2012

Much is often made in the press about the UK having a ‘compensation culture’ with false personal injury claims being given regular column inches in the newspapers.

Making a false personal injury claim is seen by many as an easy way to pocket a small fortune without doing anything. Many unscrupulous people see it as a ‘victimless crime’ but someone always suffers.

False personal injury claims made against employers are unfortunately fairly common. Below are five very good reasons not to make a spurious claim.

  • It’s illegal

Trying to deliberately defraud your employer or their insurance company is illegal. If you’re found to have lied about the circumstances leading to your personal injury claim, you could face significant costs as well as being prosecuted.

Many people who try to make a false personal injury claim are found out at the first hurdle due to a lack of credible witnesses or inconsistent versions of events.

  • You could lose your job

Any self-respecting employer isn’t going to continue to employ someone who made a false personal injury claim against them.

Making up a claim in order to try and gain financially will almost certainly result in your instant dismissal; a high price to pay, especially in the current job market.

  • You will harm your chances of getting future employment

A false personal injury claim is not the sort of thing you’d put on your C.V. but any previous employer will be sure to mention it in a reference. Trying to make a quick financial gain could backfire spectacularly and affect your chances of employment for some time to come.

  • Your details could be published in the papers

The press seem to love stories about compensation claims at the moment. If you’re found guilty of trying to defraud your employer, you can expect it to be picked up on locally and maybe even nationally.

Before you think about filing a false personal injury claim, it pays to consider the consequences and how they could affect other people.

  • You have to keep the story going 

The trouble with making a false personal injury claim is that you have to keep your story consistent. Lies have a habit of catching up with people and if you’ve made a claim for a whiplash injury or bad back, you might get caught out when you’re moving furniture or posting photos on Facebook of you doing a bungee jump. It may sound ridiculous, but people have been caught out in these ways before.

Visit if you think you have a legitimate claim for a personal injury or accident that you’ve suffered at work. They will guide you through the whole legal process from start to finish and you’ll receive 100% of any compensation you’re entitled to. 

About the Author

Caleb James

Caleb James is a financial advisor and journalist, who contributes regularly to financial blogs and industry publications.