The mathematics of disaster: The man who calculates how much human life is worth - U.S. News
Most man-made tragedies in the U.S. eventually reach the desk of Kenneth Feinberg, a 72-year-old Jewish lawyer who must turn trauma into financial compensation. As with any compensation fund managed by Feinberg, in order to receive these sums, the families had to promise in advance not to file any civil damage suits – in this case against the airlines, employers, the state or other agencies. “When you provide compensation to innocent victims of tragedy – 9/11, [the] BP oil spill, General Motors – it is very, very emotional. Somebody got that money – it didn’t stay in BP’s pockets.