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March 17, 2011

Direct Line loses High Court compensation case

by Gill Montia

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Direct Line loses High Court compensation case

Direct Line has lost a High Court case brought against the victim of a motorcycle accident.

The insurer was ordered to pay £3.4 million in compensation for an incident that occurred in 2003 and left Mark Noble of Wareham in Dorset with extensive injuries, including a fractured pelvis that made him partially wheel-chair dependent.

The damages were awarded in 2008 but part of the payment was frozen when Direct Line went back to court to question the honesty of the claim, having been tipped-off by a neighbour regarding some of Mr Noble’s post-accident psychical activities.

However, Mr Justice Field has dismissed Direct Line’s case on the grounds that Mr Noble did not dishonestly conceal from the court or expert witnesses the extent of his disability at the time of the award.

Improvements in Mr Noble’s condition were largely put down to his own hard work with the judge describing the claimant as a “proud and determined man”.

 

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