Mum loses £650,000 compensation case because she was pictured tossing a tree

The car crash left her with 'disabling' injuries, she claimed.

Mum loses £650,000 compensation case because she was pictured tossing a tree
Kamila Grabska who won the ladies section in the seventh annual Christmas Tree throwing Championships in Ennis, Co Clare. See SWNS story SWLNtree. A mum who tried to claim ??700,000 for injuries she suffered in a car crash has lost her case ??? after she was pictured winning a Christmas tree throwing competition. Kamila Grabska, 36, said she had been left with a ???disabling??? condition following the accident, where the car she in was hit from behind in February 2017. And she then sued insurer RSA for damages after complaining that she was had been unable to play with her kids or carry out basic chores due to consistent back and neck pain. However at the High Court sitting in Limerick, the judge was shown a picture of her published in a national newspaper of her hurling a Christmas tree
Kamila Grabska, 36, claimed to have been left with a ‘disabling’ condition following the vehicular accident (Picture: Eamon Ward/SWNS)

A mum of two who tried to claim £649,967 over injuries has lost her case after she was shown to have won a Christmas tree-throwing competition.

Kamila Grabska, of Ennis, a town in Ireland’s County Clare, claimed to have been left with a ‘disabling’ condition after the 2017 accident saw her car hit from behind. 

She later sued RSA Insurance, claiming she would be unable to work, play with her children or carry out basic chores for another five years due to back and neck pain. 

The Irish High Court has since seen a photograph of Grabska, 36, casually winning a Christmas tree-throwing competition less than a year later. 

Grabska attempted to convince Judge Carmel Stewart that she had nevertheless been suffering serious pain from her injuries, both on the day and at her recent hearing. 

The judge, however, was unconvinced. The ‘very graphic picture’ of Grabska tossing the tree was more than enough evidence against the injury claim.

Judge Stewart was quoted in the Irish Independent saying: ‘It is a very large, natural Christmas tree and it is being thrown by her in a very agile movement.

She not only participated in but went on to win the Christmas tree-tossing competition (Picture: Eamon Ward/SWNS)

‘I’m afraid I cannot but conclude the claims were entirely exaggerated. On that basis, I propose to dismiss the claim.’

After the 2017 accident, Grabska told doctors she could not even lift a heavy bag without feeling a significant amount of pain. 

She subsequently quit her job and made several claims for disability payments covering past and future losses she estimated at roughly 500,000 euros (£427,340). 

Other evidence submitted at the hearing included footage from last November showing Grabska training her dog for more than an hour in a local park. 

She denied claims she had faked her injuries, telling the court she has simply been ‘trying to live a normal life’ since the accident. 

Judge Stewart said her activities following the crash were ‘completely at odds’ with the medical evidence she gave of her injuries.

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