Excellent article by George Will in the Washington Post: "Litigation Nation"
Will writes: "Law is essential to, but can stifle, freedom. Today, Howard writes, "Americans increasingly go through the day looking over their shoulders instead of where they want to go." The land of the free and the home of the brave has become "a legal minefield" through which we timidly tiptoe lest we trigger a legal claim. What should be routine daily choices and interactions are fraught with legal risk."
We have become a society where every one is seeking "victim hood" in order to be entitled to compensation. Compensation being either monetary or favorable legislative entitlements. We, as a society, are increasingly becoming paralyzed into inaction to avoid legal risk.