Education level dictates disability compensation amount
The Supreme Court has ruled that it is acceptable for an insurance company to use a person's educational level when determining the level of disability compensation paid after a crippling accident.
The case arose after a 19-year-old vocational school student paralysed in a car accident was awarded less compensation than he would have been if he had attended a more academically-oriented upper-secondary school.
The insurance company awarded the man 2.4 million kroner in compensation. Upper-secondary school students in similar situations are normally awarded 3.7 million kroner.
The insurance company argued that the lower amount should be paid because the man's choice of school determined how much he would earn during his career.