Victims’ Normative Repertoire of Financial Compensation: The Tainted hGH Case

Human Studies 38 (1):81-96 (2015)

Victim compensation now plays a central role in dealing with harm. It can be brought into play by various devices: private or social insurance, the courts or special funds created for specific disasters. With each device, compensation raises complex evaluation issues: is it appropriate to use financial compensation to repair harm? Who should pay and on what basis should the compensation be awarded? What is the nature of the damage? How to evaluate it and how to value the amount of compensation determined? These questions are the subject of intense work of evaluation by both those who create or implement the compensation devices and by those who use them. This article looks more specifically at this work of evaluation by people who have endured a collective disaster and who have had to deal with the devices designed to compensate them
Keywords Victims  Disaster  Compensation  Evaluation  Normative repertoire
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DOI 10.1007/s10746-014-9330-4
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