A FORMER Wakefield Wildcats physiotherapist has won a landmark case against a whiplash claim.
Lee Robinson, from Newton Hill, made a stand against extortionate claims for whiplash, which are thought to be driving high insurance prices.
Mr Robinson had a minor accident while waiting at traffic lights in Dewsbury with his 19-year-old son Jamie.
But seven months later he received a letter saying he was being sued for £900 damages and severe whiplash.
The chartered physiotherapist, who runs Physiowise Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic in Wakefield city centre, said: “I had gone over the white line at the traffic lights so I reversed back at less than 5mph and had a minor bump with a taxi.
“I was not disputing the bump, but I deal with whiplash injuries all the time in my line of work and alarm bells started to ring when I received the claimant’s medical report.”
His insurance company RSA encouraged Mr Robinson to push the case to court as he did not believe the injuries in the report were possible.
He stood both as the defendant and a professional witness and the judge threw the claim out of court.
He said: “The judge described it as a landmark case.
“Cases like this are raising premiums across the country because insurance companies are just settling them.
“This was a victory for all those people going through the same thing, knowing they haven’t caused serious damage, yet claimants are receiving nice financial handouts and the rest of us are having our motor insurance premiums increased.”