A woman who tried to claim €760,383 (£649,967) for injuries she suffered in a car accident has lost her case after she was pictured winning a Christmas tree throwing competition.

Kamila Grabska, 36, said she was left with a “disabling” condition after the accident in which the vehicle she was traveling in was struck from behind in February 2017.

He had sued RSA Insurance claiming that he was unable to work for more than five years, play with his children or perform basic tasks due to his constant back and neck pain.

But Ireland’s High Court, sitting in Limerick, was shown a damning photo in a national newspaper of her throwing the fir tree on January 8, 2018, during her hearing.

Tree thrower Kamila Grabska with her 2018 women's overall winner certificate

Tree thrower Kamila Grabska with her 2018 women’s overall winner certificate – EAMON WARD/SWNS

Grabska argued that while she seemed happy in photographs from the charity event, she still suffered from her injuries and endured pain to this day.

But Judge Carmel Stewart dismissed the case, commenting that the “very graphic image” of her tossing the winter spruce had helped her make the decision.

The Irish Independent reported the judge as saying: “It is a very large natural Christmas tree and she throws it in a very agile movement.

“I am afraid I cannot help but conclude that the claims were totally exaggerated. On that basis, I move to dismiss the claim.”

The married mother-of-two, from Ennis, Co Clare, told doctors her injuries were so serious after the accident on February 3, 2017, that she could not lift a heavy bag without feeling stabbing pain.

Took disability payments

He left his job after the accident and accepted disability payments; According to court documents, his past and future loss of income amounted to £427,340.

Grabska even said that sometimes her husband had to bring her medicine to her bed, which she couldn’t get out of for half the day due to her agony.

But the court heard that just days before telling doctors of his terrible condition, he had finished first in the Christmas tree throwing charity event.

During the hearing, some footage from November last year showing Grabska training her large dog for more than an hour in a park was also presented as evidence.

Grabska denied the suggestion that he had faked his injuries and told the court he was simply “trying to live a normal life”, the Irish Independent reported.

But his case was dismissed after the judge ruled that his activities after the accident were “completely at odds” with the medical evidence he presented about his injuries.

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By Sam