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Nuisance phone calls, a fatal accident, bull elephants and how to have some fun…………….

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I was sat at my desk at home yesterday afternoon when my mobile phone rang. A voice with a strong Indian accent asked me if I was Mr ……………..to which I replied yes.

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He then said he was ringing on behalf of an insurance company as they had a record that I had had an accident in the last two years. Well what follows is a transcript the conversation (I kid you not):-

Caller: I understand you had a car accident within the last two years, is that correct?

Me: yes, roughly two years ago I had a major car accident in Lithuania

Caller: and were you injured in any way?

Me: yes I was severely killed and have been dead for the last two years

Caller: can you describe the circumstances of the accident?

Me: I was driving along a quiet road when a bull elephant ran out and…

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Is stress becoming the new whiplash? Law firms find another way to cash in on crashes

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Greedy law firms facing a crackdown on bogus whiplash injury claims are now encouraging car crash victims to seek compensation for stress.

Claims handlers have raked in millions of pounds by encouraging drivers to make exaggerated whiplash claims through no-win, no-fee lawyers. In many cases the victim hasn’t even suffered an injury.

But as the Government moves to make it harder for firms to cash in on whiplash claims, insurers are becoming increasingly concerned that stress caused by accidents may be the ‘new whiplash’. As the Government moves to make it harder for firms to cash in on whiplash claims, insurers are becoming increasingly concerned about stress related injuries

One company, Thompsons Solicitors, even claims on its website that more than one in five car crash victims suffer ‘acute stress syndrome’ triggered by horrific memories of an accident.

Paul Evans, chief executive of insurance company Axa, said: ‘In recent months we…

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