Judge crit­i­cal of crash claim ‘lies’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ADAM HILL

Grant Grubb, 35, had launched a civil ac­tion claim­ing £500,000 for in­juries he suf­fered af­ter an­other driver, John Fin­lay, re­versed into his car in a 4mph col­li­sion.

The in­ci­dent took place at Tesco Ex­tra at Kingsway West Re­tail Park in May 2011, and Mr Grubb said the ac­ci­dent left him un­able to work.

Mr Grubb claimed that the crash had caused him chronic pain in his neck, left arm, shoul­der and the left side of his face.

He also al­leged he was suf­fer­ing from a chronic ad­just­ment dis­or­der which made it dif­fi­cult for him to cope with ev­ery­day tasks.

Mr Grubb was awarded £7,321 — but Lord Kin­claven re­served all ques­tions of ex­penses un­til a later date.

The judge said the claimant had dis­played a “lack of can­dour” in his ev­i­dence — in par­tic­u­lar about the sever­ity of his in­juries.

How­ever, rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Mr Fin­lay al­leged that the pur­suer was ex­ag­ger­at­ing his symp­toms for fi­nan­cial gain.

In par­tic­u­lar, they said he al­ready had a his­tory of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion prior to t he ac­ci­dent.

They also said he had falsely told med­i­cal ex­perts he had been un­able to drive fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent — but they al­leged he had a con­vic­tion for driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

They also stated he had in­creased his hours af­ter the in­ci­dent — de­spite claim­ing it had left him un­able to go to work.

Mr Fin­lay’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives called for the case to be ter­mi­nated due to the claim be­ing “fun­da­men­tally dis­hon­est”.

How­ever, that ac­tion was re­jected by the court as to “dis­miss the whole ac­tion would cre­ate in­jus­tice”.

Mr Fin­lay’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­pealed the de­ci­sion — with the case call­ing at the Court of Ses­sion in Ed­in­burgh — say­ing that Mr Grubb shouldn’t be awarded ex­penses in re­la­tion to the claim.

Lord Car­loway dis­missed the ap­peal but or­dered Mr Grubb to pay two-thirds of the ex­penses of the ac­tion.

He said: “It was im­pos­si­ble for the court to as­cer­tain where the lies stopped and the truth be­gan.”

A DUNDEE man has been blasted by a judge for dis­play­ing “a lack of can­dour” in a bid to win half-a-mil­lion pounds in com­pen­sa­tion af­ter a petrol sta­tion crash.

TWO stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Dundee are con­sid­er­ing ca­reers in space medicine af­ter try­ing their hand at in­ter­stel­lar in­tern­ships with the Euro­pean Space Agency (ESA).

Fifth-year med­i­cal stu­dents Amir Fathi and Neil Tan sam­pled space food, helped plan fu­ture space ex­plo­ration pro­jects and had one-on-one

Kingsway Tesco.

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