Levels of award everywhere are influenced by the age and financial status of the injured party, but such factors are weighted differently in each country. In addition, awards for any one type of injury vary between jurisdictions. In order to offer a client the best possible advice on where to sue; a lawyer must be able to compare the levels of awards in the various countries.
Large discrepancies between Italian and French awards are revealed as a consequence of the tragic Mont Blanc tunnel fire: Italian awards in fatal cases, depending on the personal status of the victim, are 3-4 times higher than the equivalent French awards.
The text covers 20 jurisdictions, including a separate section on Scotland. It looks in detail at the methods of calculation in each member state by reference to schedules, tables, graphs and commentary on each country's system and the compensation levels which could be expected by two types of hypothetical victim. Potential awards to a married male doctor with two children are compared with those to an unmarried female legal secretary for 14 types of injury in each of these countries. For example, an unmarried female legal secretary with an injury that results in blindness will collect £ 610,469 in Italy, which is the largest award for that injury in the EU, and £100,000 in Austria, which is one of the smallest. If the legal secretary died, she'd be worth 140 times more in Italy than in England. In striving for improvement we have added:
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Preface, Foreword, Table of Cases, Countries covered, Contributors – EU, Contributors – EFTA Explanatory Note, EU Countries, EFTA countries, Parameters, Schedule of Incomes Total Compensation: EU Countries, Bloc Graphs, Total Compensation: EU Countries Pain and Suffering Compensation: EU Countries, Bloc Graphs, Pain and Suffering Awards: EU Countries, Personal Injury Awards in EU and EFTA Countries, Bereavement Damages Total Compensation: EFTA Countries, Bloc Graphs, Total Compensation: EFTA Countries , Pain and Suffering Compensation: EFTA Countries, Bloc Graphs, Pain and Suffering Awards: EFTA Countries, Comments and Recommendations EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England and Wales, Stress Schedule, Finland, France, Germany , Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland Index