The older medical research literature is conflicted about the validity of this concept. The prediction that unexplained disability will evaporate after legal resolution was sometimes elevated to the status of a medical diagnosis.
Of 18 accident litigants referred to a psychiatrist for psychological symptoms, nearly half reported improvement after litigation was completed.
In a study of 50 litigation clients with post-traumatic headache, 4 reported an improvement in the pattern of headaches after their claims were finalised, and all 50 had persistent headaches more than a year later.
Of 760 personal injury litigants, a third were both traceable and not working at the conclusion of litigation. Three-quarters of the group were still not working an average of 23 months later.
Unless psychological symptoms are present, "Compensation Neurosis" has doubtful validity.
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