I suppose there’s something about the UK that I don’t know, that might explain this:
LONDON (Reuters) – A school in eastern England was ordered to pay 19,000 pounds ($30,140) Monday after a 16-year-old girl lost nearly all her fingers when she put her hands in a bucket of plaster of Paris during an art lesson….
The court was told that temperatures up to 60C can be generated in large quantities of plaster and the girl, who was not named in court, suffered terrible burns.
After a series of 12 operations, she was left with no fingers on one hand and just two on the other….
The school was fined a total of 16,500 pounds and ordered to pay 2,500 pounds in legal costs, the Press Association reported.
As an American, the strange part to me is that the judgment was for about $26,000 in fines and about $4,000 in legal costs. Of course, there is no judgment for medical costs, since the UK National Health Service covers that anyway. In the US, this would have ended up with an award of millions of dollars, including a percentage for the lawyers.