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Camps Solicitors Warning - UK Insurers turning to Facebook to monitor compensation claimants


Merseyside based personal injury lawyers Camps Solicitors have recently become aware of the lengths that some insurance companies will go to track down claimants who they suspect may be inventing or exaggerating their symptoms. One of Campsí own clients has had his claim for compensation put at risk by the comments he made on a social networking site. These comments were viewed by the solicitors representing the other party in the claim, and a screenshot was then passed on to Camps Solicitors.

With fraudulent motoring claims costing the UK around £500m a year, it is perhaps not surprising that Insurance Companies have for some time been known to undertake surveillance of individuals they suspect of making fraudulent personal injury compensation claims, or of exaggerating otherwise legitimate claims. However, recent developments have shown that they are increasingly turning to popular websites such as Myspace, Bebo and Facebook to keep a watchful eye on possible fraud.

Many people may be unaware that comments they may make on such website can be used to undermine otherwise seemingly legitimate claims. Even if such comments were meant to be light-hearted, they can be interpreted differently by insurers and the courts. Our advice to anyone considering making a compensation claim would be to be aware that your words and actions could be recorded and used as evidence against you in court.

Camps Solicitors, in common with all law firms, takes the issue of fraudulent claims very seriously, and we will refuse to deal with any compensation claims where we suspect there has been foul play, such as a staged motor vehicle accident. Despite this, we realise that in many cases, legitimate claimants may find that their comments on social networking websites have jeopardized the chances of their compensation claim being a success. Not only would this invalidate any compensation claim, but it could leave an individual open to prosecution for making a fraudulent claim.

Camps Solicitors have specialist personal injury compensation solicitors and litigation lawyers working on road traffic accidents, trips and slips, industrial diseases including occupational asthma and asbestos related diseases, accidents at work, fatalities, cosmetic surgery, traumatic and surgical amputation, injury caused by the police and travel and holiday claims.

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