Asbestos remover seeking £50,000 car crash compensation must now pay out thousands

A man who sought £50,000 in compensation after a car crash will now have to pay out thousands after footage emerged of him skiing and ‘surfing’ down stairs.

Christopher Clinton, 29, from Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, reported injuries to his right shoulder, lumbar spine and hips following the car accident on the A66 in Middlesbrough in 2016.

The asbestos remover sought £50,000 in compensation after claiming the injuries he had sustained had left him unfit to work.

He also made a claim for loss of earnings due to his inability to work in 2017.

Christopher Clinton, 29, from Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, sought £50,000 in compensation after claiming the injuries he had sustained had left him unfit to work

Christopher Clinton, 29, from Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, sought £50,000 in compensation after claiming the injuries he had sustained had left him unfit to work

One clip showed Mr Clinton 'surfing' down a flight of stairs following the car accident

One clip showed Mr Clinton ‘surfing’ down a flight of stairs following the car accident

However Mr Clinton will now have to pay £4,439 in costs after footage from his social media showed him engaging in a range of sports and activities including skiiing, Teeside Live reports.

Following the accident in 2016 insurance company AXA UK reserved up to £50,000 for the claim.

They also launched an investigation into Mr Clinton due to the uncomplicated nature of the accident he was involved in.

Footage soon emerged of the asbestos remover skiing on holiday, rock climbing and swimming.

One clip also showed Mr Clinton ‘surfing’ down a flight of stairs following the car accident while another picture showed him hiking.

Mr Clinton discontinued his claim in October 2021 after the footage was presented to him. 

Footage emerged of the asbestos remover skiing on holiday, rock climbing and swimming

Footage emerged of the asbestos remover skiing on holiday, rock climbing and swimming

Christopher Clinton

The asbestos remover was pictured hiking

Insurance company AXA UK, who reserved up to £50,000 for the claim, launched an investigation into Mr Clinton

He was also ordered to pay £4,439 in costs by deputy district judge Crammond on January 21. 

Damian Rourke, from law firm Clyde & Co, told Teeside Live: ‘Mr Clinton’s posts showed a very active individual, carrying out extreme and demanding physical activities shortly after the accident.

‘These included activities like rock climbing and skiing that simply couldn’t be carried out or even contemplated by someone with the reported ongoing physical problems.’ 

He added: ‘Insurance companies and the courts will not tolerate any attempts to exaggerate injuries in order to get money.’

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