Jeffrey O’Connell and the Compensation Principle in Accident Law: Institutional and Intellectual Perspectives
Journal of Tort Law, 2015, Forthcoming
24 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015
Date Written: 2015
In this essay, I locate the principles that animated the career of Jeffrey O’Connell in a larger context of examining the role of compensation in accident law. I provide a short historical excursion to set the stage. Next, I discuss how O’Connell followed his initial venture involving auto no-fault with a more expansive scheme of elective no-fault coverage for products and medical mishaps, which in turn was followed by his early offers proposal. Then, I briefly trace the legacy of O’Connell in the present era of mass tort and disaster relief claims. A final section offers a concluding note.
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