This research brief describes work documented in Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States (R-3999-HHS/ICJ).
This research brief summarizes the results of a study of accidental injury costs compensation, focusing on the tort liability system. The study found that accidental injury causes considerable loss in expenses or lost productivity — about 4 percent of GNP annually. A substantial share of these costs falls to injured individuals and their households. Although only 19 percent of those injured consider pursuing a liability claim, motor-vehicle accident victims use the tort system more than others. They are more likely to be seriously hurt and to blame someone else for the accident.
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