Wednesday 22 November 2017

Paying a high price for running for cover

The payouts by our courts are widely seen as being on the high side of generous. It is in the interests of the public that these costs and payouts are reined in.
The payouts by our courts are widely seen as being on the high side of generous. It is in the interests of the public that these costs and payouts are reined in.

It's difficult to argue with the logic of children's author A A Milne's observation on misfortunes: "They're funny things, accidents. You never have them till you're having them," he mused.

While accidents may often be beyond our scope of immediate control, the bills for them really ought not to be. For many years, this country was said to suffer from what was described as a 'compo culture', where every opportunist saw gold at the bottom of every pothole. Every fall and scrape was seen as an opportunity for enrichment, with little or no thought for the societal cost or who would ultimately pick up the tab.

The advent of the Injuries Board put paid to the worst of this speculating on striking it rich in the injuries lotto.

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