This unpublished work explores the role of mediation in the disempowerment of
one of Vancouver's Lower Eastside disenfranchised citizens. Run over by a bus
while inebriated, lawyers and mediation experts on both sides of the issue
benefit while the victim gets $14000 settlement for the loss of one leg,
amputated above the knee. In effect, all participants except the victim
conspire to minimize and trivialize the victim's life and social value.
Relying successfully on the injured man's awe of educated lawyers and mediators
and of the Court system, and bolstered by restrictive practices that deprived
him of advocates other than his lawyers who would ultimately fail him, a hotel,
bus driver, and the transit system of an large urban area are absolved of
blame. The victim is driven by a primal need to survive on the mean streets,
now with a new handicap to add to his alcoholism –the loss of a major limb.
Impressed by what at the time seemed to him an adequate amount of compensation,
and encouraged by lawyers who made more money from this single case than the
victim's settlement, the victim is virtually ripped off.
Market Value: The Price of Mediated Meat
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