Are people who seek compensation “cured by a verdict”? A longitudinal study of health outcomes with whiplash

Spearing, Natalie M., Gyrd-Hansen, Dorte, Pobereskin, Louis H., Rowell, David S. and Connelly, Luke B. (2012) Are people who seek compensation “cured by a verdict”? A longitudinal study of health outcomes with whiplash. Journal of Law and Medicine, 20 1: 82-92.

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Author Spearing, Natalie M.
Gyrd-Hansen, Dorte
Pobereskin, Louis H.
Rowell, David S.
Connelly, Luke B.
Title Are people who seek compensation “cured by a verdict”? A longitudinal study of health outcomes with whiplash
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2012-09-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 82
End page 92
Total pages 11
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This study examines whether the lure of injury compensation prompts whiplash claimants to overstate their symptoms. Claim settlement is the intervention of interest, as it represents the point at which there is no further incentive to exaggerate symptoms, and neck pain at 24 months is the outcome of interest. Longitudinal data on neck pain scores and timing of claim settlement were regressed, controlling for the effect of time on recovery, to compare outcomes in claimants who had and had not settled their compensation claims. The results show clearly that removing the financial incentive to over-report symptoms has no effect on self-reported neck pain in a fault-based compensation scheme, and this finding concurs with other studies on this topic. Policy decisions to limit compensation in the belief that claimants systematically misrepresent their health status are not supported empirically. Claimants do not appear to be "cured by a verdict".
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