Punch,  34 (1858), 161.

Life and Limb Valuation for Railways





Railways, Accidents, Commerce

    Following a report in The Times, discusses the fact that the amount of compensation payments paid out by railway companies in the event of an accident is proportional to the pecuniary circumstances of the victim. Suggests that this makes railway companies protect the rich rather than the poor traveller, but urges that the payment should be 'no respecter of persons'. Goes on to suggest that 'mutilations ought to be rated in some measure according to the marketable value of the member or the feature spoiled'.

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