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Criteria for determining whether to offer compensation in cases of whiplash injury to the spine (neck area). A study of cases in which compensation or cash settlement has been granted



Criteria for determining whether to offer compensation in cases of whiplash injury to the spine (neck area). A study of cases in which compensation or cash settlement has been granted



Archiv für Orthopadische und Unfall-Chirurgie 90(3): 325-342



We compared two groups of patients with whplash injury. The first group of 17 patients received a life annuity or a cash settlement, whereas the second group, comprised of 84 people, received no compensation at all. This comparison revealed some considerable differences. However, with regard to statistically significant factors, the 2 groups differ only in neurological symptoms, giddiness, and degenerative changes revealed by X-ray. In the first group, 11 patients who received compensation showed two of the statistically significant factors; 5 patients showed one factor; and 1 showed none. The criteria which govern the granting of compensation are being discussed in detail on the basis of our own cases and the literature. It is an exception when permanent damage due to whiplash is accepted. In individual cases, however, continuous complaints and objective findings years after the trauma are justification for a moderate compensation.

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