In a galaxy far far away, tort victims sue their tortfeasors for the harms that the tortfeasors wrongfully inflicted on the victims. The cost to the victims to vindicate their rights against the wrongdoers is zero (because why would one short-pay or penalize tort victims, effectively charging them money for compensation and justice?). The validation (or invalidation) of the victims’ claims is fast, easy, cheap, and determined with complete certainty. The awards to the victims, if warranted (after the lightning fast no-cost decision-making), compensates victims 100% for their injuries, no more, no less. The tortfeasors learn their lessons and change their conduct to avoid liability (and accidents, and injuries) going forward.
On this planet, in this country, in this state, the narrative is different. In fact, our tort system is painfully inefficient and expensive (though, arguably, no one seems able to devise a better system in this galaxy, at least).
It is bad enough that the process starts with lawyers who have to be paid so that a tort victim’s “complete recovery” is discounted by maybe 30-50% off the top (or more). (Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee (maybe a contingent fee of 25% to 49%of an injured person’s recovery PLUS the lawyers’ out-of-pocket costs, which come out of the victim’s share of the recovery).
Things get even more complicated and unsatisfactory when we add in the staggering complexity and inefficiencies of our healthcare system and the tort system’s interplay with health insurance (whether public (Medicaid/Medicare) or private).