By David M. Engel
With this publication, David M. Engel demolishes the parable that the US is a litigious society. The sobering fact is that nearly all of damage victims—more than 9 out of ten—rely all alone assets, friends and family, and govt courses to hide their losses. while actual humans adventure critical accidents, they don’t reply as rational actors. Trauma and discomfort disrupt their options, and capability claims are discouraged by way of unfavorable stereotypes that pervade American tv and pop culture. (Think Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, who retains a field of neck braces in his place of work to assist consumers exaggerate their injuries.) Cultural norms make preventable accidents look inevitable—or the victim’s fault. We’re taught to simply accept setbacks stoically and never blame another individual. yet this tendency to “lump it” doesn’t simply harm the sufferers; it hurts us all. As politicians proceed to push reforms that omit the true challenge, we possibility wasting those claims so as to fast determine hazardous items and practices. simply because accidents disproportionately fall on individuals with fewer assets, the prevailing framework creates a social underclass whose wishes has to be met via executive courses all voters shoulder whereas protecting those that reason the harm.
It’s time for the US to have a extra liable, blame-free dialogue approximately accidents and the legislation. With The fable of the Litigious Society, Engel takes readers sincerely and powerfully via what we actually learn about harm sufferers and concludes with options for the way we'd enhance the situation.
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The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don't Sue (Chicago Series in Law and Society) by David M. Engel