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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v17.i4.20
pages 289-296

The Effect of Litigation on Claims of Personal Injury: A Statistical Study of 249 Cases

Donald I. Peterson
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA 92354

ABSTRACT

Litigation regarding personal injury takes up a large amount of court time and space. Persons with litigation are often different in several ways from those who do not have litigation. In this study 88.7% of these plaintiffs had nongenuine abnormalities characteristic of malingering on neurological examination compared to 5.4% of controls, and their symptoms and abnormalities were often unexplainably persistent. It appears that our legal system usually rewards persons with false and exaggerated claims. This results in higher insurance premiums and taxes for the citizens of this country while making attorneys that represent these persons with false claims wealthy. This encourages additional claims.