London: A woman who tried to claim compensation by telling a doctor she could no longer exercise due to whiplash – but was later caught climbing Sydney Harbor Bridge – has been given a suspended jail term and a huge fine.
Lois Cartridge, an account manager at an insurance brokerage in Bournemouth, southwest London, said she suffered minor soft-tissue injuries after a car accident as a passenger in the back seat in 2018.
However, the Supreme Court in London ruled she wildly exaggerated her symptoms in an attempt to stimulate a compensation claim, and was charged £20,000 ($42,630) for lawyers’ fees after a judge ruled she was in contempt of court.
The court heard that the 24-year-old told a doctor who examined her just over six months after the accident that she was still so badly injured that she was “disabled” from exercising and had difficulty cleaning, cooking, dressing, driving, ironing, self-care and vacuuming.
But the mirror reported that researchers from Liverpool Victoria — the insurance company of the other motorist involved in the accident — later discovered Facebook posts showing that Cartridge had completed a 3 mile obstacle race the same day she saw the doctor and later climbed the world-famous bridge as she drove to her boyfriend’s home. Australia traveled.
Acting for LV, Paul Higgins told Judge Richard Pearce that Cartridge claimed to have “tenderness” and “limited movement” in her back and neck, which prevented her from exercising and performing normal household chores, including ironing. But he said alarm bells were ringing when insurance detectives looked at her social media posts.
A day after the accident, she told her Facebook friends that she was out shopping and at a dinner party he said, adding: “On December 5, 2018, she posted a status update saying ‘can’t get much better’ next to a photo that shows what she appears to be swimming with dolphins.”
He said on June 1, 2019 – the same day she was medically examined – she also posted a status update that said “so…we completed the 5k inflatable run this morning…and I can now say I never do anything like that again” along with a photo showed her and four others with medals around their necks.
On June 12, 2019, she was tagged in a status update at Heathrow Terminal 3, which read: “Australia bound – happy 21st Lois Marie Cartridge.”