It’s now just about a year since I had a minor accident in my car. I was actually stationary when a small van backed into the passenger door of my car. The impact was about equivalent to someone kicking the door. It goes without saying that I suffered no distress or injury or, in fact, anything that I feel I need to be compensated for.
Since the accident (in fact on the very same day) I have been receiving calls from Personal Accident Companies wanting to help get me compensation for my injuries. I would estimate that I must have had in excess of 1000 calls, tend to have a minimum of one a day, and actually had 5 last night between 19:00 and 21:00.
I’ve gone through phases of explaining exactly what happened and that I have not suffered in any way, being deliberately rude, saying I don’t live here any more, leaving the phone to one side until they hang up… and so on.
One problem seems to be that the other party made a successful claim (not sure what for) and therefore the assumption is that I will claim too. I had one caller suggest that even though I hadn’t suffered at all I should just put a claim in (which would be approved) and that would stop companies calling me. So making a fraudulent claim is the suggested action of one company.
One other suggested that “maybe you’ve forgotten that you were hurt, this does happen…”, so I need to “remember” being injured.
And a third just suggested that I was an idiot as I could get “free money”.
On the bright side, one of the companies I spoke to said that you have to claim within three years, so only two more years of nuisance calls to go!
It would appear that this is just a money making scheme of insurance (they sell your information on) and personal accident companies, they both take their cuts, and the costs get passed onto us in our premiums.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Direct Line for selling on my details.
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