The Damages Lottery

The Damages Lottery

Description

A man slips on a dance floor and breaks his leg. He recovers damages. A child has both legs amputated as a result of meningitis and is awarded nothing. The law's justification for awarding damages in the first case is that the man's injury was the fault of someone else, while in the second case damages are denied because nobody was at fault. In this searching critique of the present law and practice relating to damages, Professor Patrick Atiyah shows that this system is in fact a lottery. He contends that the public are paying far too much for an unfair and inefficient insurance system and that reform is long overdue. His conclusion is that actions for damages for injuries should be abolished and replaced with a new no-fault road accident scheme, and actions for other injuries should be dealt with by individual or group insurance policies.


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Details

Author(s)
P. S. Atiyah
Format
Paperback | 216 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 11mm | 252g
Publication date
19 May 1997
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Hart Publishing
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
190136206X
ISBN13
9781901362060
Bestsellers rank
32,153