No doubt you've heard about the man who set the cruise control on his Winnebago at 70mph, went in the back to make himself a coffee, crashed, and then sued the car manufacturers and won? This is the stuff of urban legend, but given the rise in ludicrous and nonsensical compensation claims that occupy our courts, no-one could be blamed for believing it to be true. As absurd health and safety rulings mean that children are required to wear industrial goggles to play conkers, and trees are cut down to stop children climbing them, the word 'accident' is becoming a thing of the past. Ambulance-chasing lawyers and no-win-no-fee arrangements urge us to find blame where there is a claim. Would you be justified in filing a Mc Suit after one too many burgers? Could you reasonably claim 'emotional distress' from seeing doctors at work in a hospital? Unbelievably, the answer to all of these is a mind-boggling 'yes'. In Sour Gripes, Simon Carr presents a fascinating account of barmy claims and their ridiculous outcomes, and alerts us to one terrifying fact: you don't have to be directly injured to receive compensation and you don't have to have done anything wrong to get sued.
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Author Biography - Simon Carr
* Simon Carr has been the Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist for the last six years * An experienced broadcaster, and an engaging and amusing talker and writer, Simon Carr was speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992-4 * His previous books are The Boys are Back in Town, The Naff Guide, The Naff Sex Guide and The Naff Year Book (all Arrow) and bestseller The Gripes of Wrath (also published by Piatkus)