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Man Jailed For Exaggerating Workplace Accident

accident at workAn ex-employee of a QBE (Australia's largest global insurer) client has been sent to jail for three months for contempt of court after he over-exaggerated the extend of his injuries after he suffered an accident at work.

Jeremy Heffer, a 53 year old male from St Austell, Cornwall, filed his personal injury claim for an accident at work in April 2009 against the metal stockholder and distributor that he worked for. According to reports, the tread plate of his lorry gave way which caused Heffer to fall four feet to the ground causing lower back and leg injuries. Mr Heffer was apparently unable to return to work.

Mr Heffer made some outrageous claims, saying that he was unable to walk without assistance and he said he was unable to return to his previous job or any other job for that matter. The signed particulars of claim included a schedule of losses for over £450,000.

Evidence was brought forward by QBE which showed that he had massively over-exaggerated his level of incapacity and injuries. Mr Heffer recalled his claim in its entirety after the footage was presented to him. QBE decided to take Mr Heffer to court for contempt after a full assessment of the evidence.

QBE's casualty director Matt Lacy said: "This contempt of court case is yet another example of our success in bringing perpetrators of insurance fraud to justice. This latest case comes on the back of other well-publicised attempts to defraud our clients and QBE of substantial amounts of money and demonstrates how we will resolutely defend our interests and those of our clients."

James Savery, 29 December 2015

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