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Postby JR8 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 9:44 am

In the UK he'd be a typical 'compo-chaser'. He's gone to hospital/a doctor, to seek evidence of any injury, such that he can sue the driver for compensation.

Refer also: 'Ambulance chasers'

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 9:51 am

JR8 wrote:In the UK he'd be a typical 'compo-chaser'. He's gone to hospital/a doctor, to seek evidence of any injury, such that he can sue the driver for compensation.

Refer also: 'Ambulance chasers'

Possible. But I don't think it would be worth the effort in Singapore for what he experienced. Legal fees would be higher and with something that minor I am not sure if he would have a case to recover the legal fees. Medical check up is rational, the "suffering" component in this case is likely not.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:08 am

When is the last time that you were in a situation, where you had no apparent/observable injuries, but you went to hospital just to confirm that?

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:29 am

Why they have to be apparent? IMHO they only need to be plausible.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:57 am

JR8 wrote:In the UK he'd be a typical 'compo-chaser'. He's gone to hospital/a doctor, to seek evidence of any injury, such that he can sue the driver for compensation.

Refer also: 'Ambulance chasers'



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People nowadays are getting soft. Think back when you were kids falling all over the place, not a thought then of going to 'hospital' at least not unless the bone was popping through the skin.

Car companies are now spending millions of dollars, partially funded by insurance companies, to develop and make new 'anti-whiplash' seats for exactly the same reason. Volvo, as usual, are the first mainstream manufacturer that will start fitting them so roll on cheaper insurance rates again!
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Postby JR8 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:59 am

What sort of injuries would you expect in a motor-vehicle 'rear-end', that did not physically present in any way?

But do you see my point? If we went for beers, and we both fell off our stools, would you go to hospital as you 'plausibly had an injury'?

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Postby Max Headroom » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:13 am

If it's a drawn-out process, then, no, I'm not going to bother.

Long story short, I called the cab company to get a feel for the procedure. But the dialogue was excruciatingly "Who's on First". I gave up.

I'll send them an email instead. If the reply is as convoluted as the phone call, then this is where it ends.

By the way, I went to get checked up because when you're giddy from the adrenaline, you tend to not feel pain. All kinds of damage could surface once the stress hormones wear off. By then you'll be behind the curve.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:21 pm

JR8 wrote:What sort of injuries would you expect in a motor-vehicle 'rear-end', that did not physically present in any way?

But do you see my point? If we went for beers, and we both fell off our stools, would you go to hospital as you 'plausibly had an injury'?


I.e. neck spine injuries. I think it's pretty common.

Yes, I see your point but I think it still makes no sense to go for a check up just for a sake of going for a check up. I give him a credit on this part. If he further escalates his claims I expect all he may get will be limited to the check-up expenses recovery. Not a reasonable approach?

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:42 pm

Hmmm. I can't say I've ever known anyone suffer whip-lash. Or maybe my mother did once. [I forget, and I expect she doesn't even remember lol :)].

Well all said and done, I look at some of the tenants here, with what I'd call bullet proof cases against landlords, and then, you're now talking about the 1001 shades of vehicle injuries.

If there's little mileage in the clear and obvious, what of the subjective?

Just my parting random thoughts... I'm not proposing a debate on that...

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 12 Nov 2013 1:09 pm

How about hiring an expert who from the accident scene figures out the deceleration and other factors of impact the passenger was subjected to and matches it to the known and documented cases of injuries? This would be top uber hyper objective and could easily prove the passenger could suffer some real injury so the $100 checkup was the right thing to do. If so, the whole bill for the insurer would be I reckon something in excess of $S20k. Would it be more reasonable?
IMHO the law has also the common sense component. Fortunately. In Singapore at least.


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