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Old 01-21-2013, 11:46 PM
 
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let's say you have your leg broken by the bus accident.

why should someone with a higher paying job get more in the way of damages?

The inconvenience is the same as is the medical bill.

loss of earnings? - sick pay will cover that one.

err not quite.

You can only recover loss wages(i.e. If your sick pay paid 100% of what you would have made if you had the accident, you can not recover that from the person who caused your injury.). The idea of the legal system is that the wrong party is compensated equal to what was loss not generate a windfall.

The tricky part is determing what damages were done(i.e there can be types of damages that do not have a well defined monitary amount). Honestly it isn't a pay thing per see, If you hit a child or a retired person then they also can not claim lost wages likewise if you run over a non working milionare.

Also the incovience isn't the same as the medical bill.

Rich or poor, you can sue to get compensation for the medical bill. The medical bill is considered seperate from all the other damages.

In reality sick pay and disability can be less than what ever wage you would have earned(assuming you have either or can quailify for either).

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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The baseline general worth of each individual is the amount of Government debt at the time of birth.

What is now, about $30K?
It is as of today $52328.95. United States National Debt (per person) - Trendy - MATLAB Central
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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No. each has positioned his lifestyle dependent on a level of future earnings, and quite frankly, not compensating for that would also mean the higher wage earner cuts expenditures which mean lower wage jobs are cut.
yes, but this is a choice.

so if we move into a high rent flat, that maxes our salary out, then why should we expect someone else to foot the bill if we have an accident.

isn't this a case of living beyond, or at least at the extremity of, our means?

This is part of the entitlement culture and is just as bad as the supposed 'Welfare Queen' scenario.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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That's all up to how good a job your lawyer does for you.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Is there a condition called 'faulty logic syndrome'?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:24 AM
 
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yes there is, it's called being a Conservative
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:30 AM
 
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Are there any actual cases of unjust compensation to discuss or do we just take the emotional ramblings of the o.p. as fact?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:35 AM
 
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I'd like to know why a broken leg for a management consultant is worth hundreds of times more than that for a MacD's worker.

who can answer that?

If people are supposed to be created equal before the law, then this reeks.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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I'd like to know why a broken leg for a management consultant is worth hundreds of times more than that for a MacD's worker.

who can answer that?

If people are supposed to be created equal before the law, then this reeks.

Easy, if that broken leg cost the Mac D worker as much as the management consultant then he could recieve equal compensation. However in the real world that isn't so. The concept is lost wages, not sick or disability pay(thoose are seperate issuses).

If the management consultant is say unemployed when they get the broken leg or if the management consultant has paid sick time or if the management consultant does not take time off from work(i.e. having a desk job can function with the broken leg) then he can not get lost wages. Where as the Mc. D worker probably will(i.e. can't work with a broken leg and certainly can't earn his full potenial that way).
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