Can we really blame the Americans?
Some in the media and our society have blamed our compensation culture on the Americans. An article in the Guardian online questioned this referring to analysis carried out by Aviva on claims going back to the 1860s. Is it really the litigious Americans who are responsible for our modern compensation culture when…
· A grocer from Lancashire slipped while playing Blind Man’s Buff – £15 paid in 1878 (modern equivalent: £724).
· A travelling salesman from Belfast hit his head on a pole while watching an accident from the top of a tram – £7 paid in 1904 (modern equivalent: £401).
· A merchant from Essex injured his eye while throwing rice at a wedding – £50 paid in 1892 (modern equivalent: £2,994)
· A shipbuilder from Great Yarmouth swallowed a fish bone – £1,000 paid in 1900 (modern equivalent: £57,000).
· An artist from Swansea blown down by gale of wind – £30 paid in 1886 (modern equivalent: £1,796).
· A pharmacist from Dublin slipped on marble steps in a Turkish bath – £33 paid in 1885 (modern equivalent: £1,594).
· An innkeeper from Handsworth, Birmingham, took poisonous potion after mistaking it for a sleeping medicine – £1,000 paid in 1878 (modern equivalent: £48,310).
· A merchant from Glasgow injured while jumping out of bed to catch his wife who had fainted – £42 paid in 1895 (modern equivalent: £2,575)?
(source – http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/blog/2011/jul/14/compensation-culture-personal-insurance-claims)
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