Friday 31 May 2002 Compensation Crazy: do we blame and claim too much?
Big Compensation pay-outs make the headlines. New style 'claims centres' advertise for accident victims promising 'where there's blame, there's a claim'. Many commentators fear Britain is experiencing a US-style compensation craze. But what's wrong with holding employers and businesses to account? Or are we now too ready to reach for our lawyers and to find someone to blame when things go wrong?
AUTHOR: Editor: Dr Ellie Lee
Ian Walker: personal injury litigator
Tracey Brown: risk analyst
John Peysner: professor of civil litigation
Daniel Lloyd: lawyer
Dr Ellie Lee: Series Editor, Debating Matters