A dishonest minority of accident victims harm themselves and others by over-egging their compensation claims. The point was powerfully made by one case in which a pensioner who was injured after volunteering to help out during the 2012 Olympic Games was stripped of the whole of his damages award.

The man suffered fractures to his left arm and wrist in a fall whilst working as one of the cohort of volunteers in the Olympic Park. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) admitted liability for the accident and he was awarded £27,758 in damages and interest by a judge.

In upholding LOCOG’s challenge to the award, the High Court found that part of the man’s claim was fundamentally dishonest, within the meaning of Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. On that basis, the Court ruled that the entirety of his claim, including those parts of it which were genuine,…

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In a landmark litigation case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court ruled that ‘a series of systemic failures’ in the investigative process had caused avoidable delays in bringing him to justice.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims. Two of their number – referred to as DSD and NBV – launched claims against the force, alleging that mishandling of the investigation amounted to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans inhuman or degrading treatment.

Their lawyers alleged that the force had failed to conduct a reasonable and efficient investigation into the assaults upon them and, as a result, failed to apprehend and secure the conviction of Worboys for an unreasonably long period of time, during which he…

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