Self-Mutilation and Private Accident Insurance

    Volume 28, Issue 1 (January 1983)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 January 1983

    Page Count: 13

    Bonte, W
    Privatdozent, Doctor of Medicine, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Goettingen,

    (Received 20 April 1982; accepted 4 May 1982)


    During the past few years in the Federal Republic of Germany, there has been a continuous increase in deliberate self-inflicted damage with the aim of defrauding insurance companies. This paper concerns itself with amputations of the finger(s) caused by axes, electric saws, and blunt force. The difficulty of proving an intentional injury is shown, and suggestions for a procedure for making a report are given.

    Paper ID: JFS12240J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12240J

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    Title Self-Mutilation and Private Accident Insurance
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30