Sunday 22 January 2017

The cancer of false injury claims is being encouraged by unscrupulous lawyers

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Claims harvesters have a reputation for encouraging people to make a claim. But far more sinister is the fact that they encourage false and exaggerated claims. Getty Images
Claims harvesters have a reputation for encouraging people to make a claim. But far more sinister is the fact that they encourage false and exaggerated claims. Getty Images

Americans refer to it as 'ambulance chasing'. You have seen it on TV. A dodgy lawyer hangs around what they call the 'emergency room', hoping to sign up someone who has just had an accident to get them to make a personal-injury claim.

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That would not be permitted in this country.

So the Irish version is what is known as 'claims harvesting' through advertising online or in local papers.

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