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 Conman “with injured hand” suing NHS for £647,000 caught out quad biking at Go Ape



By Matthew Davis

23 JAN 2021

The NHS hired a private detective to find out the truth behind the bogus compensation claim, from a man who claimed a “delay in diagnosis” had left him unable to hold a cooking pan

The man claimed that a delay in diagnosing a hand injury after he punched a wall had left him even unable to hold a large pan when cooking.

But he was caught quad-biking and taking on a Go Ape adventure course involving ropes, swings and ziplines.

The NHS has started contempt of court proceedings and he could end up in jail.

It was one of 84 compensation cases in the past five years in which bogus claimants have tried to swindle millions out of our health service. One woman sued for £5.7 million, claiming she couldn’t walk unaided.

She alleged a delay in diagnosing her cauda equina syndrome, where nerves in the lower back become severely compressed.

Private detectives saw her using sticks to get to a physio appointment – but later the sticks were gone as she spent 45 minutes walking around a supermarket.

She had already blown a £70,000 advance for her claim when rumbled and had to sell a home to repay it. Compensation handler NHS Resolution forks out about £1bn a year on claims.

It says it cannot state how much is spent on private detectives, as they are hired by legal firms used by the NHS.

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