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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In addition, most people believe that our compensation culture fuels fraud, with 88% of respondents saying it encourages exaggerated and fraudulent claims.
The compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear" Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance
The saddest thing is, because of the crass abuse of the compensation culture, the real deserving will, once again, suffer.
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A recent report by the Government on Health and Safety Legislation confirmed that compensation culture is one of perception rather than reality," states Mrs Tawana, who is based in FBC Manby Bowdler's Willenhall office.
A FIERCE row over health and safety was raging last night after the Government pledged to tackle the UK's "damaging" compensation culture.
Summary: The Government has pledged to tackle the UK's "damaging" compensation culture with a shake-up of health and safety measures.
Expectations have increased and the compensation culture is creeping in'
Maybe Mr Stephenson considers himself to be a modern day version of Robin Hood gone wrong, taking from the taxpayers and giving to the greedy who exploit this compensation culture.
The compensation culture is causing greed to replace gratitude, so people become less inclined to assist in cases like this as it may get them into trouble.
However, it was sobering to read in The Spectator (4 September 2004) an item called 'Victim nation' by David Davis MP, the Shadow Home Secretary, arguing that 'the compensation culture costs Britain 10 billion [pounds sterling] a year' and reporting that it is 'at the local level that the compensation culture is most damaging.
ONE of the greatest blights in today's society is the ever-burgeoning compensation culture.
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