Cover: Costs and Compensation Paid in Aviation Accident Litigation

Costs and Compensation Paid in Aviation Accident Litigation

Published 1988

by James S. Kakalik, Elizabeth M. King, Michael Traynor, Patricia A. Ebener, Larry Picus

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Based on a review of more than 2,000 U.S. airline aviation accident death cases from 1970 to 1984, this report describes the characteristics of the decedents and compares the compensation paid to their survivors with the levels of economic loss they suffered. The study found that the plaintiffs received 71 percent in net compensation, and 29 percent went for transactions costs. The findings indicate that airline accident litigation has higher transactions costs, but a lower ratio of transactions costs to total expenditures than tort litigation in general.

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