Self-inflicted long bone fractures for insurance fraud


Self-inflicted fractures simulating traffic accident represent a new social fraud opportunity for criminality. Recognising scams through an increase of awareness of existence of self-inflicted arm fractures for insurance fraud could help community health workers to report these injuries to the competent authorities. In this article, authors have recognised an unusual but consistent pattern of upper and lower limb fractures whose incidence does not coincide in numerical terms with what is reported in literature. The aim of the present study is to describe fracture patterns observed over the past 2 years. Further, authors describe clinical presentations of these fractures and attempt to define a possible mechanism of these types of injuries.

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Camarda, L., D’Arienzo, A., Grassedonio, E. et al. Self-inflicted long bone fractures for insurance fraud. Int J Legal Med 133, 1083–1088 (2019).

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  • Long bone fractures
  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Forensic radiology
  • Insurance fraud