Woman prosecuted for exaggerated personal injury claim

A woman who falsely claimed that she could no longer climb stairs following a trip on a pavement is now to be prosecuted as the High Court has said that she “grossly exaggerated” her personal injury claim and it was in the public interest that she be prosecuted. Barbari Fari had said that her life had changed to such an extent that she could not leave her house without her husband to accompany her and that she could not use the stairs in her house unless she “shuffled on her buttocks”. However, her claim was dismissed following video evidence brought by Homes for Haringey suggesting that the claim was exaggerated as the video showed her taking stairs in a normal fashion unaided and carrying shopping bags. Mrs Fari and her husband argued that the throwing out of her original claim for compensation of £740,000 had caused her embarrassment but the judge Mr Justice Holroyde, said there was a “strong public interest in pursuing false claims” and therefore took the decision to allow the prosecution to go ahead. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.  Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with personal injury solicitors across the country.