White Van Man: we are becoming too litigious

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Is the culture we live in changing the way we work, the way we think?
Nowadays, the word ‘litigation’ is very much a part of everyday life.
Litigation is ‘the process of bringing on or contesting a lawsuit’ for those determined to profit at the cost of an employer, neighbour or someone they do not know. It is simply, in many cases, what is known as ‘the blame game’.
We are constantly bombarded by the media with adverts offering legal services to make claims for incidents, often on a no-win, no-fee basis.
To professional scammers, ‘accidents’ are often staged, especially road accidents. If you watch certain television programmes, you will witness teams of this type of person move vehicles into positions on motorways in order to recreate accidents. This is causing more fraudulent claims than ever before, while also affecting our vehicle insurance.
Or, to make it even easier, the mopping of a shop floor can become the ideal opportunity for someone who wants to make a few quid to stage the perfect accident: down he or she goes on a damp floor, and the word ‘claim’ is the first thing they think of.
At one time in days gone by, when something went wrong in life – be it at work or in leisure time – people made every effort to sort the problem out, usually with an amicable agreement, which suited both parties. Nowadays injury lawyers are laughing the whole way to the bank.
Are we a nation adopting the American way of life, a country which seems to thrive on lawsuits? I make no apology for that comment as the official claim figures in America run into countless millions of dollars every year.
So my message is very simple: as you go about everyday life, take care because there will always be somebody out there willing to benefit from your misfortune.
George Berry