Thursday, November 17, 2022

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A taxi driver, who had obtained almost €100,000 in damages from previous incidents, seemed to be making quite a career out of personal injury claims, a judge said Thursday.

Judge James O’Donohue, throwing out Ravinder Pal Singh’s fifth claim said he had, in a new €60,000 damages claim, sworn an affidavit which was untruthful and he had to accept the consequences of that.

Barrister Conor Kearney, counsel for motorist Sean Lennon and his AXA Commercial insurer, told the Circuit Civil Court that Singh had revealed settlements totalling €68,651 in three previous claims, but had failed to reveal a fourth claim for an incident in October 2016.

Cross-examined about the amount of damages he received for the fourth undisclosed claim Singh (39), of Liffey Road, Lucan, Co Dublin, said he did not remember how much he had received but thought it was “about €11,000 or €12,000.”

Singh told the court he had been injured when Lennon’s van had rear ended him on the M50 at Sandyford. He had been off work for just over a week and said his back and neck injuries had cleared up after 18 months.

Affidavit

Mr Kearney, who appeared with Lorna Kennedy of Synnott Lawline Solicitors, said he had sworn an affidavit verifying the truth of his replies to particulars in the case but had failed to disclose the fourth previous incident and that he had told doctors his injuries had cleared up within six months.

Singh, a 6’ 2” former volleyball player, said he was not aware about signing such an affidavit.

Judge O’Donohue was told that liability had been conceded in the case and the court was being asked only to assess the extent of damages that might be due to Singh.

Dismissing his claim and directing that he pay the legal costs of Mr Lennon and his insurers, Judge O’Donohue said he had sworn an affidavit which was untruthful, and he had to accept the consequences of that.

“The court is sceptical of this individual who seems to be making quite a career out of personal injury accidents and has received a considerable amount of compensation,” Judge O’Donohue said.

He had failed to mention his fourth incident in replies to particulars and had told a doctor he had recovered in five to six months. He had also stated he had taken only a week and a half off work in an occupation that involved lifting heavy luggage at the airport which was his main area of occupation.

“The court is not impressed and dismiss the claim. He has sworn an affidavit which is not truthful and he has to accept the consequences of that,” Judge O’donohue said. He ordered costs against him.

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