The Relationship between Insurance Claim Closure and Recovery after Traffic Injuries for Individuals with Whiplash Associated Disorders

This article reports on a study undertaken with a prospective cohort of traffic-injured adults with a whiplash-associated disorder (WAD). The authors were studying if time-to-claim-closure was similar to the time-to-self-reported recovery in a no fault motor vehicle collision insurance system. Participants completed questionnaires at baseline, six weeks, three months, six months, and 12 months after the collision. Of the 6,749 participants who met the criteria for WAD, 6,021 applied for benefits within 42 days of their injury. Of these, 323 participants did no complete any of the follow-up interviews and were excluded. An additional 1933 study participants had their claims reopened for unknown reasons at least once during the one-year follow-up, so they were excluded from the main analysis. The study found that the mean number of days until claim closure was 291 days and for self-reported recovery was 134 days. The authors conclude with a discussion of the appropriateness of using time-to-claim-closure as an outcome measure for WAD. They maintain that time-to-claim-closure could be used as an outcome measure in traffic collision, however, it overestimates the true time to recovery.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 889-896
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  • Accession Number: 01681702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2018 1:30PM