• The Compensation Culture: Cliché or Cause for Concern?

    Author(s):
    James Hand (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Subject(s):
    Law
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M60V3W
    Abstract:
    The ‘compensation culture’ has featured frequently in the UK popular press over the last decade. There have, however, been comparatively few academic studies and such studies as there have been have largely focussed on personal injury claims. A compensation culture, if it exists, could extend much wider than that. This article compares the exponential increase in the use of the term 'compensation culture' in the national printed media since 1995 with available statistics relating to the Queen's Bench, County Courts and Employment Tribunals. Far from spiralling upwards, these statistics show a broad decline across a range of claims with the exception of claims before the Employment Tribunals, where the government has created a slew of new heads of claim. In order to counter the misconceptions founded by the popular media, and to allow for greater scrutiny, more attention should be paid to the collection and dissemination of judicial and claims statistics.
    Notes:
    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: (2010) Journal of Law and Society Vol. 37(4), 569–591, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2010.00522.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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