Whiplash specialist sues for smear on reputation

A whiplash doctor is preparing to sue an insurance company for libel. Dr Grace Kerali is named as the consultant being represented by solicitors to restore her status troubled by the case of overstatement.

The doctor has been accused of exaggerating evidence in medical reports for whiplash injuries.

Following a press release from Ageas the insurers, Dr Kerali is setting out to restore her name. She strongly disagrees with the detrimental statement in the press release which initially, although now amended, specified that she was found guilty of overstating evidence used for whiplash injuries.

Dr Kerali has instructed leading lawyers to act on her behalf and confirms that she had certainly not been on trial for any claims against her professional work. She denies Ageas’ claim that she had to pay £100,000 costs which was designed to diminish over-exaggerated whiplash claims.

In the atmosphere of implausible accusations, the legal team is arguing that the inaccurate claims have damaged the repute of Dr Kerali’s work and her competence. Subsequently, they added that the term ‘guilty’ in that statement suggests that there was a criminal proceeding involved rather that the civil case submitted in the county court.

The origin of this action comes from BLM, an insurance firm, instructing Dr Kerali to prepare medical reports for test claimant who submitted personal injury claims for Road Traffic Accidents back in 2014.

Ruth Graham is mentioned in Ageas’ document to have reported Dr Kerali’s figures for injuries and treatment was much higher than what is anticipated in like for like cases. Graham who is a partner at BLM suggests that the medical reports are occasionally asserting threefold of the usual amount.

Analysis of similar whiplash and soft tissue injuries cases reveals an average 14 months recovery period for Dr Kerali, whereas other professionals had established eight months for victims to recover. The reviewed cases also determine a minimum prediction of 11 months by the accused doctor which helps to inflate considerably the total compensation sum awarded.

Chief Executive of Ageas UK, Andy Watson rationalises the unprofessional conduct claim accordingly with the findings of a probe which found Dr Kerali preparing close to two thousand medico-legal reports annually. The majority of injuries were of whiplash and soft tissue types and appears to transgress the likely law of probability.

Comments on the libel case have been declined by Ageas.

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