publication . Article . 2006

Tort Personal Injury Claims Statistics: Is There a Compensation Culture in the United Kingdom?

Richard Lewis;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Country: United Kingdom
This article seeks to identify the most reliable sources of statistical information about the workings of the personal injury litigation system in the United Kingdom to present their principal data in clear, straightforward and accessible form, and to subject them to critical analysis. These figures provide the basis for an initial examination of the claim that a damaging compensation culture has developed in the UK in recent years.
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5 See, eg, F Furedi, Courting Mistrust: The Hidden Growth of a Culture of Litigation in Britain, Centre for Policy Studies, London, 1999. But cf E Lee et al, Compensation Crazy: Do We Blame and Claim Too Much? Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2002. For an account of how the media has exaggerated the number and cost of tort claims in the USA, see W Haltom and M McCann, Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2004, and for similar concerns in the context of clinical negligence see T Baker, The Medical Malpractice Myth, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2005. For further analysis see Williams, above n 1 and A Morris, 'Spiralling or Stabilising? The Compensation Culture and Our Propensity to Claim Damages for Personal Injury' (forthcoming).

7 The Unit was established by the Social Security Act 1989 and administers the scheme now provided for by the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997.

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