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Personal Injury Litigation Guide - Gordan Exall

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Paperback: 256 pages / Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill / 4th Edition: 30 Sep 2011

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      07.06.2013 20:33
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      I purchased this Personal Injury Litigation Guide when I began a new job and realised that I did not feel particularly confident with personal injury actions and probably should brush up sharpish! I chose it for 2 reasons, firstly, it was reviewed well on Amazon; secondly, it was a much more reasonable price than many other practice guides. This was priced at £25.52, which is approximately the price of an undergraduate textbook, yet about a quarter of the size! The size works well as it's easy to carry around and doesn't take up lots of space in my desk drawers.

      The layout of this book is excellent. Firstly, the detailed contents page gives you a breakdown of the areas covered by the book, along with subcategories! This makes it very useful to refer to quickly, without having to plough through pages and pages. The book contains a lot of useful information for example, basic principles of negligence, limitation, damages and interest, fatal accidents, financing the case, the road traffic accident protocol, investigating the claim and the personal injury pre-action protocol, drafting statements of case, issuing, using expert witnesses, Part 36 offers, as well as all the associated trial information. It also contains a very useful section about "avoiding the pitfalls of personal injury litigation", which I have found very interesting!

      ***As a study guide***
      This book contains some basic information about the principles of negligence (personal injury is plead in negligence). It briefly addressed duty, breach, causation, limitation etc however, I wouldn't say this would adequately equip you with the knowledge you would require about negligence. If you were thinking of purchasing this purely for a study guide, I wouldn't recommend it for this purpose! The price of this book would be much better invested into either a great, Tort textbook or the LPC personal injury textbook.

      However, if you're wanting to brush up on some Tort before working in personal injury, then this may come in useful as a revision tool rather than a learning the elements of negligence from scratch.

      ***As a practice guide***
      This book is brilliant in practice. Mine has become well thumbed for it's excellent coverage on the pre action protocol and Part 36 offers in particular! It's easy to navigate around, as the authors have adopted the numbered paragraph approach. It's also worded very well, and isn't full of jargon. The example statements of case are very good for someone who is starting out in PI, especially as the civil litigation statements of case on the LPC don't tend to be PI specific!

      Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you are starting out in PI, particularly if you don't have much familiarity with it already! For the price, it's an excellent guide.

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