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Prison Sentence for ‘Dishonest Exaggeration’ in Injury Claim against NHS
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust were successful in pursuing an action to penalise Mr Sandip Singh Atwal, for dishonestly inflating his claim for negligent treatment of a hand injury.

He had been claiming for loss of earnings for 5 years when in fact he had been working as a DJ and a courier.  He also claimed a six figure sum was necessary to cover his needs to be cared for in the future.  Social media and surveillance revealed a large proportion of the claim to be fraudulent.

He was sentenced to 3 months in prison and ordered to pay £75,000.00 costs after being found guilty of contempt of court. 

NHS Resolution, on behalf of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said the case should be seen as a demonstration of its commitment to combating fraud - but should not deter genuine claimants.  It is unlikely that the NHS will be repaid their £75,000 costs.

Sylvia Phillips