Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Authorities in Philadelphia have charged eight people with faking injuries related to a 2009 SEPTA bus crash in the city. Reports that only two people were actually aboard the bus when the mirror of a Loomis armored car struck the bus’ mirror as it passed down Walnut Street, stated CBS Philadelphia.* The armored car sustained no damage and the bus only suffered a minor scratch, according to CBS Philadelphia.* The news agency also reports the eight accused allegedly filed a consolidated personal injury claim against SEPTA seeking compensation for $80,000 in medical bills related to back and neck pain from the accident. Philadelphia car accident lawyer Richard P. Console Jr., practicing law since 1994, sees the damage fraudulent lawsuits do for legitimately injured victims.
“False injury claims ultimately hurt those dealing with real medical problems from accidents,” said Console. “They have a harder time obtaining the compensation they deserve because others tried to game the system. Personal injury claims are not about winning the lottery. Lawful claims are about what’s fair for the victims, the people actually suffering because of someone else’s negligence.”
SEPTA alerted the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office after it received notice of the personal injury lawsuit against them in April 2012, according to Yahoo! News.** A subsequent investigation revealed that Eric Lovett, who wasn’t a bus passenger, allegedly requested an “incident card” from the bus driver following the accident . Lovett also allegedly recruited others from around his neighborhood to join the suit, according to Yahoo! News.** Surveillance footage from the scene allegedly shows the accident from multiple angles and was instrumental in determining that injuries are not likely to have occurred in the incident, reported Yahoo! News.**
Authorities charged all eight with a variety of criminal counts from the incident, including criminal conspiracy, attempted theft by deception and insurance fraud. Console and his firm of Philadelphia County accident lawyers stress the importance of holding those committing insurance fraud accountable.
“Insurance fraud weakens the public’s confidence in the civil justice system,” Console stated. “Punishing people committing insurance fraud is absolutely essential to keep costs down across the board and make sure those with genuine claims get compensated. The last thing anyone wants is to see someone who’s actually hurt in a car crash stop their medical treatment because they couldn’t obtain compensation. No one wins in that situation.”
The charges of insurance fraud, usually a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania, alone carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
Richard P. Console Jr. is the managing partner of Console & Hollawell P.C. The firm’s Philadelphia injury lawyers have represented more than 5,000 satisfied clients, including auto accident victims, and obtained more than $30 million in compensation for their valid injuries and related damages.