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Woman’s £650k Injury Claim Rejected Following Tree Tossing Photo

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Woman’s £650k Injury Claim Rejected Following Tree Tossing Photo


A woman’s £650,000 lawsuit alleging injuries sustained in a car accident has been rejected by an Irish court after evidence emerged of her participating and excelling in a Christmas tree-throwing competition.

Woman's £650k Injury Claim Rejected Following Christmas Tree Tossing Photo
Photograph: Eamon Ward/SWNS

Woman’s £650k Injury Claim Rejected Following Tree Tossing Photo

Kamila Grabska, aged 36, filed a lawsuit against an insurance company, asserting that injuries to her back and neck rendered her incapable of working for over five years and hindered her ability to engage in activities with her children. She claimed to have developed a “disabling” condition following a rear-end collision involving the vehicle she was traveling in, which occurred in 2017.

However, Grabska’s case was dismissed by a high court judge in Limerick after a photograph surfaced showing her vigorously throwing a 5ft spruce tree at a charity event in January 2018. The publication of this image, highlighting her active participation, led Justice Carmel Stewart to reject her claim, citing the “graphic nature” of the evidence.

In court, Justice Stewart remarked on the agility displayed by Grabska in the photo, describing it as incongruent with the severity of the alleged injuries. Consequently, the judge concluded that the claims presented were significantly exaggerated and proceeded to dismiss the case.

Earlier in the proceedings, it was revealed that Grabska had consulted doctors mere days after her participation in the tree-throwing contest. Despite her assertions of incapacity, evidence suggested her involvement in physically demanding activities, including lifting heavy objects and participating in lengthy dog-training sessions.

Grabska’s lawsuit sought compensation for lost earnings, past and future, citing her purported inability to function normally and the subsequent reliance on disability payments. However, the court found her behavior following the accident inconsistent with the severity of her claimed injuries, leading to the dismissal of her case.

In her defense, Grabska denied fabricating her injuries, asserting that she was attempting to lead a normal life despite experiencing persistent pain. However, the evidence presented, including photographs and videos of her engaging in strenuous activities, undermined her claims of incapacitation.

Ultimately, the court ruled that Grabska’s actions post-accident contradicted the extent of her alleged injuries, resulting in the dismissal of her case against the insurance company.


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