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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 17 July 2024

p. 66621. Damages for death and personal injurieslocked

p. 66621. Damages for death and personal injurieslocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter examines various issues in relation to damages in tort, beginning by looking at the principles that lie behind damages awards. The primary object of the law is to compensate those who have been harmed by another’s wrongdoing by making an award that seeks to put the claimant into the position that they would have been in had the harm not occurred. The chapter discusses the calculation and forms of damage payments, and special and general damages; independent, joint and several concurrent liabilities; time limitations on claims; the problem with damages; and debunking the compensation culture myth.

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