compensation culture


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compensation culture

a system in which people are very ready to go to law over even relatively minor incidents in the hope of gaining compensation, often used in a vituperative or derisory sense. In that the law of civil wrongs is designed to make wrongdoers pay for harm, it may simply reflect fair access to justice. If the system allows the claimant to pursue the claim at no cost and without risk of cost on failure and the ‘compensation’ can exceed the loss as where jury verdicts are common, then indeed there may be problems of justice for respondents.
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