Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Compensation Neurosis

  • Chava CrequeEmail author
  • Beth Kuczynski
  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2087


Accident neurosis; Litigation neurosis


Compensation neurosis is a condition in which symptoms are associated with a real or presumed disability (possibly exaggerated) that may bring legally awarded financial compensation. This type of neurosis is believed to be motivated in part by the desire for, and hope of, monetary or interpersonal gain. However, many factors are involved in compensation neurosis, such as the psychological factors before and after the presumed injury, the additional effects on the quality of life, the possible influences of legal or insurance processes, secondary gains of victimhood, and a feeling of being entitled to compensation. The condition may or may not resolve after financial settlement occurs. The term is often used in litigation and seems to be quite controversial in psychiatry, with some researchers disputing its existence.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chava Creque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Beth Kuczynski
    • 2
  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Imaging of Dementia and Aging (IDeA) Laboratory, Department of Neurology and Center for NeuroscienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA